DLG President Carl-Albrecht Bartmer with the Chinese Minister of Agriculture, Han Chanfu.
Photo: © DLG


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The German Agricultural Society (DLG) was a joint organiser of the Business Panel at this year’s Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), which was duly opened by DLG President Carl-Albrecht Bartmer.

‘Water, food and agriculture: Challenges for farmers and agribusiness’ was the theme of the International Business Panel, held on 21 January 2017 in Berlin within the framework of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA).

‘As the basis for all life, water is not equally available everywhere in the world, and we are called on to use this scarce resource as efficiently as possible,’ to quote the words of DLG President Carl-Albrecht Bartmer when opening the GFFA International Business Panel. Digitalisation extends to water as well. This was one of the core statements in the panel discussion, where participants agreed that increased digitalisation is the future of optimised water and soil management and an improvement in targeted use of plant protection agents.

China, represented by Minister of Agriculture Han Chanfu, is focusing here on promoting technological innovations for saving water and imposing fines for wasting water. Technological innovations include the use of mulch tillage and breeding drought-tolerant species.

Dr Ashok Gulati, Professor for Agricultural Economics on the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) noted that in India 74 per cent of agriculture uses sprinkler irrigation.

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