India sees agri linkages in Davao Region, Mindanao

Indian Ambassador to the Philippines Jaideep Mazumdar (center), together with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) undersecretary for Research and Development and National ASEAN COSTI chairperson-Philippines Dr. Rowena Christina Guevara and Samsung Electronics vice president and Samsung R&D Institute chief technology officer Dr. Aloknath De, says during a news conference for the 2nd ASEAN-India Innotech Summit at SMX Convention Center in Lanang, Davao City on Wednesday that summits like this are great platforms to enhance the economic and technological cooperation between member countries of ASEAN and India. Lean Daval Jr
Agriculture is one major areas India is looking at via linkages in Davao Region and Mindanao.

Ambassador Jaideep Mazumdar of the Embassy of India to the Philippines told media in a press conference during the opening of ASEAN -India 2nd InnoTech Summit held at SMX Convention Center, Wednesday, that Davao Region and Mindanao present enormous opportunities.

Only last month, there were four agreements that were signed between entities in India and entities here both government and non-government for local products including onions and garlics. 

“Your indigenous garlics just like in India are very pungent. Some agreements were signed on setting a pilot farms in Mindanao regions that will really improved productivity of onions and garlic and it will result to hundreds of millions of dollars,” Mazumdar said.

He also said an agreement was also signed with Landbank of the Philippines for the use of a satellite technology applications for risk reduction for financing in agriculture or agriculture risk insurance to use satellite technology.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Philippines in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology-India (DST-India), Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the National Innovation Foundation -India (NIF) is hosting the ASEAN-India Grassroots Innovation Forum and 2nd ASEAN-India InnoTech Summit slated on November 20 to 22.

The 2nd ASEAN-India InnoTech Summit aims to build capacity between the regions and explore various areas of collaboration in the field of science, technology and innovation and will serve as a networking ground for people to explore more opportunities and be able to connect with players and stakeholders.

The Grassroots Innovation Forum is envisioned to uphold the strong and meaningful ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations with the theme “Shared Values, Common Destiny”. There will be panel discussions, social and student innovation competitions and exhibitions wherein the objective is to share experience and best practices in order to promote grassroots innovation in communities.

“The innovation and culture we have so many things in common between India and the Philippines. I would like to capitalize on getting all the innovations, all the business common grounds that we can capitalize on both countries’ strength and that case India has been already successful and the Philippines is also fast growing. A good example is India is doing so good, why can Philippines too?” Said Johnny Chotrani, country chair (Philippines) ASEAN-India Business Council.

Chotrani said there are areas that Philippines is doing good and India can also be part of it.
According to him this kind of platform can help both countries to have more collaborations, more communications that will lead to something.

“In fact before it was difficult to find intermarriage, now we have so much intermarriage Indians and filipinos and filipinos and Indians which was not possible before. This only shows that we are now not looking at two separate countries but looking together in all aspects,” he said.

The three-day event boasts participation of delegates from ASEAN neighboring nations including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.