Hyderabad: The two-day Bio-Agri 2021, India's biggest ever Bio-Agri conference which is trying to make agriculture sustainable through bio innovations, concluded on Friday.

The two-day conference saw 20 presentations, five technical sessions, and 150 delegates participating from across India and abroad.

A first-ever conference is an annual event organized by India's first Hyderabad-based Bio-Agri Input Producers Association(BIPA). The theme of the conference was "Bio-Innovations for Regenerative Agriculture." The conference has resulted in two MoUs and a couple of collaborations.

One MoU was held between PJTSAU and BIPA for carrying out bio-efficacy trials and other studies are required for regulatory purposes while the second MoU was between MANAGE(National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management) and BIPA for active cooperation in promoting Startup enterprises in Bio-Agri, training agri professionals and entrepreneurs, stated Raj Agarwal, Executive Director of BIPA.

These MoUs which were announced during the conference will be signed at the next opportune moment very soon. National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management, known as MANAGE, formerly National Centre for Management of Agricultural Extension at Hyderabad, is an autonomous extension and agribusiness management institute located in Hyderabad. The organizers announced that the second edition of Bio-Agri 2022 will be held in Hyderabad on October 18,19,20.

BIPA Secretary Dr. Venkatesh Devanur said India has well-defined policy and guidelines for biostimulants in India while the European Union and the USA have not even defined them.

Addressing the last session on Regulatory and Business Opportunities, Dr. Venkatesh said India has a positive regulatory environment and well-defined policies and guidelines to regulate the Rs 1500 crore market of biostimulants that assure farmers good yields, quality, and other benefits.

"Developed countries in European Union do not have any such guidelines or regulations, he said the highly developed United States of America also doesn't even define what is 'Biostimulants'", he said.

He said Bio Agri Inputs is a growing market opportunity and from the present US $ 3 billion to USD 6 Billion in the next 5 years.

"It focused on the innovations, services, and delivery systems to use and implement to bring back life to the soils, biodiversity restoration which will lead to regenerative and sustainable agriculture," he added.

Speaking on Microbials, Dr. John Peter, Vice President of BIPA and Chairman of Varsha Bioscience & Technology Inda Pvt. Ltd said Hyderabad will be the hub for bio Agri inputs.

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