Indian Association for Information Technology in Agriculture



















































































































Third National Workshop on `ICT in Agriculture from Potential to Prosperity in a Global Perspective'
Organized by IAITA and DA-IICT
June 15-16, 2006, Venue: Lecture Theatre ? 1, DA-IICT, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

Date: June 15, 2006

Time: 09:00 - 10:30

Welcome, Inauguration and Keynote address

Welcome speech

Prof. S. C. Sahasrabudhe


Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Commucation Technology

About Workshop

Dr. M. H. Mehta


Indian Association for Information Technology in Agriculture


Key Note Address

Dr. V.P. Sharma


Director, MANAGE, Hyderabad

Digital Inclusion: beyond Technology Innovation

Shri Vineet Garg

Market Development Manager, Rural Computing

Microsoft Corporation India Private Limited

10:30 - 11:00: Tea/Coffee Break

Session: Globalization: Issues and Concerns in Agriculture and Rural Development

Time: 11:00 - 13:30

Title of the talk




Role of NIC in addressing Agriculture and Rural Development (through VC)

Dr. Madaswamy Moni

Deputy Director General

National Informatics Centre, New Delhi

Indian Farmers, Globalization and Role of ICT

Dr. K. Balasubramanian

Development Catalyst

Common Wealth of Learning

Issues of Indian Farmers

Dr. Ajay Dandekar



Lunch, sponsored by Excel Crop Care Ltd. (13:30 ? 14:30)

Session: ICT in Agriculture and Rural Development

Time: 14:30 - 17:30

Title of the talk



Organization and Address

eSagu: an IT-based Personalized, Cost-effective and Query-less Agro-advisory System

Dr. P.K. Reddy

Associate Professor

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Ek Duniya Sawal Jawab - Digital inclusion initiative for the grassroots

Ms. T.N. Anuradha

Project Manager,

Lifelines India

One World South Asia,
New Delhi

RET Based ICT in Sustainable Rural Development

Dr. Sanjay Kumar


Centre for Renewable Energy and Environmental Research, Muzaffarpur

Appechnology in Agriculture

Dr. Anil Roy



Kisan Soochana Kendra

Shri Sanjiv Sharma


Jai Kisan DehraDun, Uttaranchal

Soil Health Card Programme: On line Agricultural Extension

Prof. M. C. Varshneya, Dr. Ashok Patel and Dr. Arun Patel


Anand Agricultural University, Anand

ICT in Agriculture: Two Case Studies of Gujarat Chapter

Shri A. K. Ghosh and
Shri Rajiv Kulkarni

General Manager

Consulting Engineering Services,
New Delhi

17:30 - 18:00: Tea/Coffee Break

Session: Research Paper Presentation, Round - I, Time: 18:00 ? 19:30

Session Chair:

S. Kumar Saxena and A. Kumar Patel, Kirit Modi, Raman S., R. Sahu, H. Sengar and S. Kothari, Dr. D.S. Navadkar, Mr. D.M. Bhosale and Dr. D.M. Sawant, Arpit Gupta, Soutrik Basu, Abhishek Garg

Dinner: 20:00 onwards

Date: June 16,2006

Time: 09:00 - 12:00

Session: ICT and Market

Session Chair: Prof. M. C. Varshneya, Vice Chancellor, Anand Agricultural University, Anand
Guest of Honour: Mrs. Sheila Benzamin IAS, Joint Secretary, Agriculture and Co-operation Department, Gujarat

ICT in Agriculture and Allied Sectors of Economy in Rural Areas

Prof. Girja Sharan


Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Rural Credit and Supply Chain Management Systems Shri Rohit Magotra   Chief Operating Officer Ekgaon Technologies Pvt Ltd., New Delhi
ITC eChoupal Experiences   Shri Rohit Bhatla  Branch Manager International Business Division, ITC Company Ltd., Jaipur

ICT and Market   

Shri Anjani Sinha Managing Director and CEO NSEAP, Mumbai
ICT and Market - Reliance Initiative Shri Bipin Bihari  Asst Vice President Reliance Industries Ltd., Chandigadh
Success Stories of Excel Kisan Mitra   Shri Virendra Rathod General Manager Business Development Excel Crop Care Ltd.

10:30 - 10:45: Tea/Coffee Break

Session: Research Paper Presentation, Round - II, Time: 12:00 - 13:30

Session Chair: Dr. R. A. Sherasiya, Director of Agriculture, Gujarat State

Dr. N.Sandhya Shenoy, D.Thammi Raju, B.Sudhakar Rao and M.Sudarshan Reddy, Dr. S S Shirahatti, Dr C S Pawar


Lunch, sponsored by Dhanuka Group, New Delhi (13:30 ? 14:30)

Session: Agricultural Finance

Session Chair: Dr. B. K. Kikani, Vice Chancellor, Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh

Time: 14:30 - 16:30

Title of the talk




Efficient Implementation of Agri-insurance Schemes by Piggybacking eSagu System 

Dr G Syamasundar Reddy 

Research Scientist

IT for Agriculture Lab, Media Lab Asia Project International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Role of NABARD  

Shri D. S. Bhatt

Area Manager

 NABARD, Ahmedabad

Trends in Agricultural Finance and specific reference to Gujarat   Shri J. M. Patel Chief Manager, SLBC,Gujarat   Dena Bank
Issues with Agricultural Insurance    Shri P. Nagarjun Regional Manager Agriculture Insurance Corporation Ltd.

Valedictory Session

Session Chair: Dr. V. V. Sadamate, Advisor, Agriculture Planning Commission, New Delhi

Time: 16:45 - 17:30

Our sponsors

MCX India Ltd., Gold sponsor

 NABARD, Gold sponsor 

Dena Bank, Silver sponsor

Excel Crop Care Ltd. for lunch session, June 15, 2006 

Dhanuka Group for lunch session, June 16, 2006

Our Media Partner 

Agriculture Today 

Agrohouse, Gandhinagar