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8th Indian Maize Summit 2022

Maize has become a miracle crop for many countries, especially in developing countries like India, due to changing global food demand and consumer preferences. Maize contributes significantly to India’s socio-economic balance. It is a versatile crop that is grown all over the world for food, feed and industrial purposes.

Therefore, it is essential to identify and address the major impediments to the development of India’s maize ecosystem. The 8th “India Maize Summit” was held on May 12-13, 2022, with the aim of ensuring a sustainable supply of maize to meet growing demand and increase prosperity for farmers.

Agenda for Day 2 (May 13, 2022): 8th Indian Maize Summit

(10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.): Session 5: Series of showcases of agricultural start-ups in the maize value chain

Session chair and moderator: Hemendra Mathur, President, FICCI- Working Group on Agricultural Startups

With the aim of doubling the income of farmers by 2022, the Indian government is continuously seeking ways to boost agricultural production, food processing and marketing pathways through the integration of latest technologies and innovations; thus creating a huge scope for Agritech start-ups in the country.

Agritech start-ups appear to be a relevant solution throughout the corn value chain. It’s time to make Maize start-ups succeed and propel India forward.

Showcase by corn startups

  • Presentation 1- Kumar Ranjan, CEO, Efeed

  • Presentation 2- Chirag Gupta, CEO, 4700 BC popcorn

  • Presentation 3- Salil Lakhanpal, Business Relations Officer, Agnext Technologies

  • Presentation 4- Aman Panwar, CEO, Bharat Rohan

  • Presentation 5- Dharambir Singh, Founder and Owner, Dharambir Food Technology Pvt Ltd

  • Presentation 6- Roli Jindal, Co-founder, RMSI, Cropalytics

  • Presentation 7- Nessi Benishti, CEO, Agrio (Israel)

(11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.): Session 6: Maize-Based Sustainable Agricultural Progress in the Country

Field corn is an abundant and affordable sustainable crop. Corn grain is versatile. It can be used in livestock feed, fuel ethanol, food products, industrial uses, etc. Corn is used in animal feed (cereals and distillers grains) and in food and beverages. Corn also plays a role in bioplastics, cosmetics, deodorants, crayons, and many other bio-based products, including greener cleaners. Today’s technology has allowed farmers to increase production on every acre of land, and corn production is expected to continue to increase. Increased corn productivity allows producers to outpace demand with higher supply, meeting demand for food, feed, fuel and trade.

Moderator and session chair: Amit Sachdev, India Representative, USGC

  • Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Chief Managing Director of Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL)

  • Feedstock for Animal Feed – Supply and Demand Scenario, Jaison John, Team Leader – India at US Soybean Export Council (USSEC)

  • Manish Kumar Gupta, President, All India Starch Manufacturers Association

  • Dr. Harinder Singh, Director, Excellent Enterprises Pvt. ltd.

  • Siddharth Sareen, Technical Director, Rustx

(12:05 – 1:00 p.m.): Session 7: Market linkages for maize takeover bids – Issues and challenges

Moderator and session chair: Pravesh Sharma, retired. IAS, Advisor, FICCI and Chairman of the FICCI OPS Working Group and Co-Founder and CEO, Kamatan Farm Tech Pvt. ltd.


  • Anish Kumar, Transform Rural India Foundation

  • Rohit Dhanda, Samunnati

  • Aromal Jkoshi, Raw Materials Purchasing Manager, Roquette India

  • Aleen Mukherjee, Head of FPO Strategy, NCDEX

(1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.): Address by key government officials

Welcome address: TR Kesavan, Chairman, FICCI National Agriculture Committee and Group Chairman, TAFE

Special address:

  • Dr Neelam Patel, Senior Advisor (Agriculture Uttarakhand), NITI Aayog, GOI

  • Dr AK Singh, Commissioner for Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India

  • Dr Ashok Dalwai, CEO, NRAA, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, GOI

  • Dr SK Malhotra, Project Manager (DKMA), ICAR, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Affairs, Government of India

First published: May 13, 2022, 07:51 IST


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