Excel Geomatics participated as Exhibitor and Speaker in the“Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture”held on 16-17 February, 2016 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture exists to bring together public decision-makers, private sector champions and civil society leaders who develop and catalyze innovations for sustainable agriculture. Through cross-sector collaboration we can bring about a food-secure future.
Nivedita Pathak, Mohd. Shahid Jamal and Rajesh Paul represented Excel Geomatics in this conference. There were many curious visitors at the booth, who were keen to know about the application of Remote Sensing and GIS in the field of Agriculture. Excel Geomatics also introduced Geoanalitika.Agro a software developed by their partner SOVZOND, Russia, at their booth at GFIA.

The following photographs some glimpse our booth at GFIA-2016-

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Rajesh Paul had also participated in the pre-conference panel discussion to tackle water for food security issue. He believes there are myriad ways to implement changes in the way water is used in food production. “Land capability mapping, land sustainability studies, appropriate crop identification for cultivation, water budgeting, rain-water harvesting, the development of crop varieties that can thrive on minimum water requirements and lining of canals are a few of the areas government, private sector and scientists can work together to reduce water scarcity issues,” he said.
“Educating farmers about the importance of the efficient use of water and the problems associated to over-drafting water could also help significantly.”

The ‘golden triangle’ of government bodies, the scientific world, and the private sector working together is the only way to combat the impending crisis of water scarcity and its threat to food production. 

Leo den Hartog, Director of Research and Development at Nutreco (Trouw Nutrition) and Professor of Wageningen University, summed up the opinions of many global sustainability experts when asked about solutions to the world’s water shortages.

Details of this discussion can be accessed using the following linkClick here

Rajesh Paul also presented a paper entitledSatellite Remote Sensing & GIS: Effective Tools for Mapping & Monitoring of Crops and Projection of Crop Production for Different Stakeholdersin theOpen Technology Forum’of GFIA-

He said that efficiency in the agricultural sector can be augmented effectively by using Information Technology tools such as Remote Sensing and GIS. The innovative use of timely selected multi-temporal images can ensure greater reliability of estimates and forecasting that will help in the process of planning and policy making for different stakeholders in the field of agriculture, such as Policy Makers, Government, Exporters, Traders, Insurance & Fertilizer Companies and above all Farmers. Monitoring of crops throughout the growing season will also be very helpful for managing risk and in accelerating the growth process.