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Attend the Argus NPK, Water Soluble and Micronutrient Fertilizers India 2018

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All delegates are cordially invited to our Conference Dinner (Thursday, 8 March)

The evening starts with a drinks reception at 5:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:30pm onwards.

Argus Media and the Fertiliser Association of India are delighted to welcome all participants to Argus NPK, Water Soluble and Micronutrient Fertilizers India 2018 at the ITC Maurya Hotel in New Delhi, India.

In response to feedback from delegates and speakers, we are introducing an expanded programme covering micronutrient fertilizers along with NPKs and water soluble fertilizers.

Poor nutrient management, weaknesses in fertilizer legislation and limited marketing and distribution systems are major obstacles to achieving efficient and effective fertilizer use in south Asia. By initiating an industry-wide dialogue involving leading thought leaders from the region, this timely conference seeks to resolve these many challenges and in doing so unlock the numerous growth opportunities for domestic and international fertilizer companies.

Our speakers will cover a range of topics, from updates in south Asia’s fertilizer policies, challenges in specialty fertilizer marketing in India, to the growing emphasis of secondary and micronutrients in crop productivity and profitability.

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Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Ashok Dalwai, Chief Executive, National Rainfed Area Authority, India’s Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
  • Satish Chander, Director-General, The Fertiliser Association of India
  • Priyantha Weerasinghe, Additional Director (Development), Horticulture Research and Development Institute, Sri Lanka’s Department of Agriculture 
  • Simon Lim, Director, Planet Trading Services
  • Ishrat Jahan, Deputy Director, Asia, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
  • Arvind Kumar Shukla, Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project on Micronutrients, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science
  • Kamal Kumar Singh, General Manager (Agri Advisory Service), Zuari Agro Chemicals
  • Suhas P Wani, Research Programme Director - Asia Programme & Theme Leader- IDC, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
  • Abhay Kumar, Managing Director, Dayal Fertiliser
  • T Satyanarayana, Director, South Asia Programme, International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)
  • Arvind Kumar Shukla, Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project on Micronutrients, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science
 Biographies of conference speakers are available here.

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Conference Day 1 | 8 March 2018, Thursday

08:45 - 09:30
Registration and exhibition stands open
09:30 - 09:40 Chairman’s welcome remarks

Gavin Chong, Vice-President Asia, Fertilizer Markets, Argus 
Session 1: Market overview
09:40 - 09:50
Opening address

Satish Chander, Director-General, The Fertiliser Association of India
09:50 - 10:20  Keynote Address

Ashok Dalwai, Chief Executive, National Rainfed Area Authority, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
10:20 - 10:50  NPK trade and market developments in Asia

Carl Roache, Editor – Asia Fertilizers, Argus
10:50 - 11:00 Q&A
11:00 - 11:30 Morning refreshments
11:30 - 12:40

Presentations and panel discussion: Fertilizer policies in south Asia: a comparative assessment and lessons learned

  • Policy of use and utilization in Bangladesh
  • Fertilizer subsidy schemes in Sri Lanka: a retrospect
  • India’s direct transfer of subsidy benefits and what it means for downstream operations
Moderator: Gavin Chong, Vice-President Asia, Fertilizer Markets, Argus

Panelists: 

  • Priyantha Weerasinghe, Additional Director (Development), Horticulture Research and Development Institute, Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka 
  • Ishrat Jahan, Deputy Director, Asia and Latha Nagarajan, Senior Scientist and Senior Economist, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
  • Sachchida Nand, Deputy Director General, The Fertiliser Association of India
12:40 - 14:00 Networking lunch

Session 2: Focus on NPKs and Water Soluble Fertilizers (WSFs)

14:00 - 14:30 Strategies to mitigate challenges in WSF marketing in India

Kamal Kumar Singh, General Manager (Agri Advisory Service), Zuari Agro Chemicals
 14:30 - 15:00 Panel Discussion: With the India fertilizer market consisting of mostly small holders, significant investments will be needed to equip fertilizer dealers and retailers with the necessary equipment, awareness and knowledge about nutrient management and the new subsidy regime. What are the strategies to overcome this financial barrier?
15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon refreshments
15:30 - 16:00 Application of fertilizer types for tea plantations

L S K Hettiarachchi
, Additional Director, Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka
16:00 - 16:30 Best nutrient management for sugarcane– role of multi-nutrient fertilizers

V. K. Singh, Head of Division of Agronomy, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute
16:30 - 16:40  Q&A
16:40 - 16:50  Chairman’s remarks

Gavin Chong, Vice-President Asia, Fertilizer Markets, Argus 
17:00 End of conference day one
 17:00 - 17:30 Pre-dinner cocktail reception
17:30 - 20:00

Conference dinner (Open to all conference attendees)


Conference Day 2 | 9 March 2018, Friday

09:00 - 09:30
Coffee 
09:30 - 09:35 Chairman’s remarks

Gavin Chong, Vice-President Asia, Fertilizer Markets, Argus 

Session 3: Micronutrients - opportunities and the way forward

09:35 - 10:00 Secondary and micronutrients complementing macronutrients for sustainable increase in crop productivity and profitability 

Suhas P Wani, Research Program Director - Asia Program & Theme Leader- IDC, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
10:00 - 10:30 The solution to farmers’ problems

Simon Lim, Director, Planet Trading Services
10:30 - 10:40 Q&A
10:40 - 11:10  Morning refreshments
11:10 - 11:40 Micronutrients in Indian agriculture - challenges and prospects

Abhay Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director, Dayal Fertilizers
11:40 - 12:10  Micronutrients deficiency in soil vis-a vis animal and human health

Arvind Kumar Shukla, Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project on Micronutrients, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science
12:10 - 12:40  Potential of micronutrients packaged as nano particles: avenues for increasing efficiency

T Satyanarayana, Director, South Asia Program, International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)
12:40 - 12:50 Q&A
12:50 - 13:00  Chairman’s closing remarks

Gavin Chong, Vice-President Asia, Fertilizer Markets, Argus 
 13:00 - 14:00 Networking lunch
 14:00 End of conference  

*This working agenda is subject to change. 

For more information or if you are interested in speaking, please contact Elsie Chen:
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Day One | 3 June 2015 | Wednesday
09:00 
Coffee and Refreshments
09:30 - 10:00 Registration and Exhibition Stands Open 

Session 1: Opening Session

10:00 - 10:05 Chairman’s Welcome Remarks
10:05 - 10:25 Keynote Address: NPK Fundamentals and Global NPK Market Structure and Trade
10:25 - 10:45 Industry Address: Thailand – Trends and New Applications of NPKs 
10:45 - 11:00  Q&A
11:00 - 11:30 Morning Refreshments 

 Session 2: Country Analysis – Demand and Supply Outlook of Multi-Nutrient Fertilizers 

11:30 - 12:00 World Production of Primary Nutrients – Nitrogen, Phosphate, Potassium 
12:00 - 12:30  Market Structure and Factors Affecting Demand of NPKs in Major Markets: Malaysia and Indonesia 
12:30 - 13:00  Growing Prominence of Compound Fertilizers in Emerging Markets and Price Outlook: Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar
13:00 - 13:15  Q&A 
13:15 - 14:45  Networking Lunch 
14:45 - 15:15 Update on China – Granular and Bulk Blended NPK Production Volumes and Import Volumes 
15:15 - 15:45  Regional Demand and Production Volumes within India – Impact of Subsidies 
15:45 - 16:00 Q&A
16:00 - 16:30  Afternoon Refreshments

 Production Technology Showcase (16:30 - 17:50)

The Production Technology Showcase allows equipment manufacturers, engineering companies, process management solutions providers to showcase the latest technologies in production, blending and material handling.

17:50 - 18:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks Followed by End of Conference Day One
18:00 - 19:30 Cocktail Reception 

Panel Discussion: Is WSF the next shining star?
  • Penetrating the market - trends in marketing and sales of innovative WSFs
  • Success stories – can they be applied to India? 
  • Key challenges to look out for 


To explore speaking opportunities at the event, please email elsie.chen@argusmedia.com.

Confirmed Speakers

Shri Satish Chander, Director-General, The Fertiliser Association of India
 
Satish Chander,
Director-General, The Fertiliser Association of India

Satish Chander in his 30-year career has held various positions with the Indian government. He has been associated with a large number of high-level committees set up by the government in addressing the issues concerning Indian farmers and the fertiliser sector. He is also on the board of the International Plant Nutrition Institute and the Virtual Fertilizer Research Centre in the US.
 
Ashok Dalwai, CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

Ashok Dalwai, Chief Executive, National Rainfed Area Authority, India's Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

Ashok Dalwai is currently serving as National Rainfed Area Authority chief executive in the rank of secretary to the Indian government. Since 2015 he has been serving in the Department of Agriculture & Co-operation and has contributed to several reforms in addition to supervising several units.

 
Suhas P Wani, Research Program Director - Asia Program & Theme  Leader- IDC, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

Suhas P Wani, Research Programme Director - Asia Programme & Theme Leader- IDC, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Suhas P Wani’s area of specialisation is scaling up science-based interventions to benefit farmers in Asia and Africa, particularly in sustainable agriculture for improving rural livelihoods. His expertise spans integrated watershed management and water use efficiency to catchment scale, wasteland development, wastewater management, biodiesel plantation, integrated nutrient management and carbon sequestration.

Priyantha Weerasinghe, Additional Director (Development) Horticulture Research and Development Institute, Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka

Priyantha Weerasinghe

Additional Director (Development) Horticulture Research and Development Institute
Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka
Simon Lim, Director, Planet Trading Services
 
Simon Lim, Director, Planet Trading Services

Simon has been in the fertilizer industry for the past 30 years. Formerly, he worked for Kuok Singapore Limited as a General Manager in the Fertilizer Division and was the Director of NewQuest (Trading) Pte Ltd, a wholly–owned subsidiary of Kuok Singapore before leaving the company in 2003. Thereafter he was responsible in the setting up and heading of the Singapore office of Uralkali Trading SA. As Director of Sales, he was in charge of the marketing and sales of its products in the Asia-Pacific market. He left the company in 2005 to work with Planet Trading Services Pte Ltd.
Abhay Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director, Dayal Fertilizers

Abhay Kumar
, Managing Director, Dayal Fertilizer

Mr Kumar is the Chairman and Managing Director of Dayal Fertilizers, which is a premier micronutrients manufacturer since 1979. He is also the Vice President of the Micronutrient Manufacturers’ Association and a former President of the U.P. Zinc Sulphate Manufacturers’ Association.
Ishrat Jahan, Deputy Director, Asia, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

Ishrat Jahan, Deputy Director, Asia, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

Ishrat Jahan has more than 35 years of experience in agricultural development. During her 25-year career with IFDC, she has designed and implemented interventions that sustainably improve crop yields at the smallholder farmer level. She is an economist also responsible for economic and policy assessment of the fertilizer sector.

Carl Roache, Editor – Asia Fertilizers, Argus FMB

Carl Roache
, Editor – Asia Fertilizers, Argus 

Carl Roache is the Asian Fertilizer Editor at Argus Media, based in Singapore and responsible for co-ordinating regional coverage for the global fertilizer reports. Prior to moving to Singapore, Carl edited the Argus Potash and the Fertilizer Europe publications from Argus’ London head office.
KK Singh

Kamal Kumar Singh
, General Manager (Agri Advisory Service), Zuari Agro Chemicals

Kamal Kumar Singh has extensive experience in the field of agriculture technology management and technology dissemination while working in the public and private sectors, including the Uttar Pradesh state government in India. He is currently working with Zuari Agro Chemicals as General Manager (Agri Advisory Service), with responsibilities including the development of technical interaction with farmers, dealers and field staff.
 
L S K Hettiarachchi, Additional Director, Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka

L S K Hettiarachchi
, Additional Director, Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka

Dr L S K Hettiarachchi holds the Additional Director post at Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka, position next to CEO of the Institution. Serving 30 years at TRISL and local tea industry, national committees of the government ministerial portfolios, departments, organizations and institutions, and working with private sector, he is quite aware of necessary managerial and policy interventions for the promotion of technology adoption, especially on rational fertilizer use for crop production.
 
Arvind Kumar Shukla, Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research  Project on Micronutrients, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science

Arvind Kumar Shukla, Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project on Micronutrients, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science

Dr. Shukla started his carrier as an Assistant Professor at the Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology in Uttarakhand. Since then, he has served in many institutions such as the ICAR-Indian Institute of Farming System Research and ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute as Senior Scientist and ICAR- National Rice Research Institute as Principal Scientist. He has developed sulphur and micronutrients fertility maps for more than 500 districts of India for site specific nutrient management and precise fertilizer distribution.
Dr S. Nand, Deputy Director General, The Fertiliser Association of India

Sachchida Nand, Deputy Director General, Fertiliser Association of India

Sachchida Nand is with Fertiliser Association of India for 30 years and responsible for issues related to fertiliser production, feedstock, raw materials, pricing policies, environment and safety. He has more than 50 research and review papers in leading international journals and conference proceedings.

T Satyanarayana, Director, South Asia Program, International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)

T Satyanarayana, Director, South Asia Program, International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)

Dr. T. Satyanarayana is Director of the South Asia (SA) Program of the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI). Dr. Satyanarayana joined the staff of IPNI as Deputy Director, India Program-South Zone in 2008. Prior to joining IPNI, Dr. Satyanarayana served in fertilizer industry, with job responsibilities in business development, and agri technical services.

Gavin Chong, Vice-President Asia, Fertilizer Markets, Argus FMB

Gavin Chong,
Vice-President Asia, Fertilizer Markets, Argus 

Gavin Chong joined Argus Singapore in January 2015 and is currently our Fertilizer Business Development VP for Asia. Prior to joining Argus, he has eight years of experience in trading, distribution, and managing NPK production. He was based in Indonesia and Malaysia and focused on servicing the demands of the oil palm industry.




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