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POINTERS 2014 MPOC
Palm Oil Internet Seminar
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Special Focus: Indian Sub-Continent :
Power Play by Western NGOs Against India's Growth
By: Mr. Vijay Sardana

Vijay Sardana is well known and experience corporate manager, speaker, writer, author, blogger, corporate trainer and business advisor on subjects related to consumer-agri-food products and rural and bio-economy. He is currently involved in various capacities with various leading organizations including Vice President & Head, Food Security Initiatives & Agribusinesses (Policies and program), UPL Group, Mumbai; Independent Director appointed by Government of India on Kotak Bank Anchored ACE Commodity & Derivative Exchange, Mumbai Director, ARPL Agribusiness Services, New Delhi; Member, Advisory Committee, Forward Market Commission, Government of India;; Director, Strategy management Group, Rasna International etc. Vijay Sardana is alumni of well-known leading institutes like IIM, Ahmedabad, CFTRI, Mysore Collage of Dairy Science and Indian Law Institute, New Delhi and also acquired professional qualification from WIPO, Geneva and Harvard University, USA with wide global experience of more than 20 years in various leadership positions. He has committed himself for the development of globally competitive, efficient and fair agribusinesses and commodity markets with the deep and insightful knowledge, experience, insight and understanding of complex interrelation between social, economic, technical, legal and political aspects of global bio-economy. He is also in the Management Committee Member of Solvent Extractors Association of India, Life Member of Indian Dairy Association, AFST(I), All India management Association, Crop Care Association of India and Consulting editor and Member of Editorial Board of many magazines on agriculture, agribusiness and food processing, besides members of other important associations and professional bodies. Vijay Sardana has travelled more than 22 countries and worked on wide range of issues affecting agro-commodities and agribusinesses from almost all agro-climatic situations on various aspects with wide range of business houses, international development organizations and policy making bodies around the world. Mr. Sardana has contributed through his projects, trainings, writings, researches, critical analysis for various stakeholders and during interactions with various committees of policy making bodies, institutions and publications and invited to many national and international forums like WEF, Grow Africa, WBCSD, IGD, etc. His blog, “Vijay Sardana Online”, is read in more than 150 countries and he has contributed more than 500 articles related to agriculture, agribusinesses and related issues. He had authored popular book titled “Guide for HACCP Implementation in Food Industries”. His understanding of complex dynamics of commodity markets and agribusinesses is a great asset for business leaders, equity investors, professionals, executives, farmers and policy makers. He is among the few whose in-depth knowledge and hand-on professional work and views are well recognized in commodity trade and agro-based industries.
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India is striving hard to become food and energy secure. In last few years, the growth of development has slowed down because many forces are trying to stifle the growth of India. Whenever there is any attempt to speed-up the growth, many foreign funded NGOs with the help of their money power starts raising voices by organizing press conferences and starts spreading misleading messages to mislead the public opinion. The worst is they only have disruptive agenda but when we ask them to provide alternate plan of action and the resources, there is no logical response from them. Is this the way NGOs should act and delay the development and force the poverty and misery on large number of people? Time has come when people around the world should make NGOs accountable for their actions and we should demand they must provide alternate plan of action which is better in all aspects than what is proposed by the local government and which should address the economic and social challenges faced by the government.


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Questions & Answers (3) :
Ahmad Redhuan
2 years ago
Mr Vijay, thank your for the presentation. How does India business community leverage on your NGO to create more wealth for India?
Ahmad Redhuan:
*thank you for the presentation.
2 years ago
POINTERS SECRETARIAT:
Uploaded on behalf of Mr. Vijay Sardana. Sahizan bhai, thanks for the compliments. It is good question. What we do is to bring technologies developed by business community to farmers and educate business community about the merits of the crops produced by the farmers. This is in the form of communication plus offering products to farmers. Example: This month, I have initiated Fodder Yatra, to highlight fodder deficiency in India and also to promote better fodder technologies in India. Details you can see on Facebook. In next few weeks you see another important development from us: Smart Agribusiness Solutions in Western Rajasthan area which is desert part of India. In Punjab, we have focused on diversification, away from wheat to Oil Seeds. Wheat is already surplus in India and oil seeds are in short supply. If there is any suggestion from your end, we are open to consider that as well.
2 years ago
K H LEE
2 years ago
Asian companies through their government organisations that is in charge of handling the palm oil industry should work together and collaborate in order to curb and stop these foreign funded NGO's especially western NGO's that are always misleading the public.
POINTERS SECRETARIAT:
Uploaded on behalf of Mr. Vijay Sardana. I agree with Mr. Lee. There must be comprehensive communication strategy based on facts and figures to educate masses about palm oil and other related issues raised by NGOs. The biggest challenge is that NGOs are clear in their communication. Industries generally remain either non-communicative or they have very little soft communication skills. This adds to confusion in consumers’ mind because the force behind the communication is missing.
2 years ago
Mohd Hazlan
2 years ago
Your country's NGO's is vocal on food and energy security. Is the situation related to poor budgetary planning? Does the Indian government provide equal support to all of the entrepreneurs and does the government use the aculated wealth and support to help the mass? Being the most competitive oil, does the government give any attention to palm oil to help those who cannot afford enough food and basic amenities.
POINTERS SECRETARIAT:
Uploaded on behalf of Mr. Vijay Sardana There are no constraints on budgetary support for developmental activities in India. Central as well State Governments have their own budgets. Every elected representative is also given budgets which they can spend in their constituencies for development activities. Government has many schemes to support entrepreneurs incl. subsidy for start-ups, funding for skill development and quality up-gradation or export incentives. There are certain regulatory issues which government is trying to eliminate to promote entrepreneurship in India. Government of India has a plan to support Palm oil cultivation. Many large edible oil players have started Palm Oil Plantation in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Due to Land Ceiling Act the pace may be slower than many other parts of the world.
2 years ago
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