Symposium Sponsor
Media Partners
Knowledge Partners
Supporting Organisation

India has made progress towards its goal of bringing millions of people in digital arena and giving them a better living condition. What is the need of hour now is a productivity- and efficiency-led transformation. Geospatial can have a disruptive impact on Indian businesses, government, and society. It is a powerful technology that can help raise productivity, improve efficiency across major sectors of the economy, and radically alter how services are delivered.

The "Empowering" technology has the potential to add economic value and help bring a decent standard of living to millions of Indians. Government plays a key role in enabling technologies and applications. Government can accelerate the build-out of the geospatial infrastructure needed and its adoption, entrepreneurism and innovation. In the recent policy announcements like Digital India initiative, smart cities projects, National Rural Internet & Technology Mission, Geospatial Technology can have massive economic and social impact by reducing costs, expanding access to services, delivering more consumer value, and reducing inefficiencies.

As our response to address the evolution, changes and innovation of geospatial technology, as India Geospatial Forum is now Geo Smart India which shall delve into the immense scope and the very critical role of advanced, latest and smarter geospatial technologies across various sectors that contribute to progressive and sustainable development of the region.

Understanding the value of geospatial technology in enhanced decision making, effectively managing resources and assets, enhancing the efficiency of workflows, and improving the accessibility of information, an exclusive day long program for agriculture is being organized with the theme: “Smart Agriculture : Technologies empowering Indian Agriculture.”

The GeoSmart India 2016 Conference and exhibition will provide a common forum to discuss and deliberate some of the most challenging issues, new areas and upcoming technologies with stakeholders who are engaged in implementing these projects. The conference methodology would be interactive one including plenary sessions, meetings, demos, presentations, projects and solutions. It will also give opportunities for one to one meetings, group discussions and networking.

The specific Objectives of GeoAgri program are:

  • To understand current geospatial domain’s path and bring awareness to the agricultural stakeholders on global platform.
  • To exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge and skills pertaining to the domain and provide an explicit platform for networking opportunities.
  • To strengthen and connect geospatial communities all over the world with the strategies taken to cater global challenges.
  • Exchange of skills and knowledge on new forms of applications and technology by sharing latest success stories and challenges.
  • Bring together decision makers to discuss and deliberate the sustainable contribution of geospatial intelligence.
Major Themes

For each theme, there will be keynote presentations, voluntary papers highlighting specific issues, including case studies, and facilitated discussions.

Theme 1: The benefits from Traditional Farming to Knowledge based Agriculture: The linkages with sustainability, food security and climate change impacts.

Agriculture in India must undergo a significant transformation in order to meet the related challenges of achieving food security and responding to climate change. The session aims to target the potential and need of using the high resolution data, climate, crop, and soil and land data. On the basis of thematic papers and case studies providing real data and evidence, discussions under this theme will focus on:

  • Weather information representation, analysis and application for agriculture/Climate Smart Agriculture. 
  • Innovative tools for irrigation management at farm level.
  •  Leveraging Institutional Innovations for Agricultural Development.
  •  Post Harvest Management technologies.
  •  Resource Management of Livelihood Security in Rainfed Agriculture.

Theme 2: Use of ICT- Web-based Agro advisories for Rural Development

Modern technologies are an essential component for creating policy frameworks that, in turn, will drive overall growth and development of India.

  • Automated systems and robotics for crop production in precision agriculture 
  • Public-Private Partnerships in the area of ICT and automation in agriculture 

Theme 3: Way forward in space technology for Sustainable Agriculture-‘’Reach the Unreached’’

  • Technology, Environment and Livelihood Security.
  •  Agricultural Credit - The next Stage.
  •  GIS for Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure/Multilayer GIS Approach for Agriculture Markets.
  •  Agricultural Policy in the Context of New Economic Policy in India.
Panel Discussion Themes
  • The need of application research & prospect analysis on reliability of Geospatial Technology in Agriculture. 
  • The latest advance in and challenge in precision agriculture at home and abroad.
 Participants Profile
  •  Ministries & Department of Agriculture from different countries
  •  User Community
  •  Agricultural Research Agencies
  •  Multilateral Agencies
  •  Technology Providers
  •  Farmers/Agricultural Associations & Unions
  • Agricultural Universities & Colleges  Consulting Firms
  •  Bankers & Investors
  •  Wine Yards
  •  Food Industry
  •  Irrigation & Water technology Industry

Shri Suresh Kumar

IAS, Add Chief Sec (Development)
Govt of Punjab


Dr. H P Singh

Chairman, Confederation of Horticulture
Association of India


Dr. A.K.Sikka

Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management)


Er Avinash C Tyagi

Secretary General



National ICT Advisor
Climate Change Knowledge Network for the Indian Agriculture Sector


Surender Makhija

Vice President
Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd.


Prasad Babu

Co-Founder & CEO
Geo Climate Risk Solutions Pvt. Ltd.


Dr. VK Sehgal

Principal Scientist
Dept of Agri Physics
Indian Agricultural Research Institute


Hemendra Mathur

Managing Director
SEAF India Investment Advisors


Dr. Hanish Kumar Sinha

AVP & Head – Research & Development
National Bulk Handling Corporation Pvt Ltd. (NBHC)


Prof. Dr. M. Moni

Professor Emeritus & Chairman
Centre for Agricultural Informatics and e-Governance Research Studies
Shobhit University & Former Director General
National Informatics Centre.


Dr. G. Dileep Kumar

Global Program Leader
Iowa State University, USA


Amlan Roy Choudhury

Technologist (Fruits & Vegetables)
Kay Bee Exports


Dr. Ramesh S. Hooda

Chief Scientist
Haryana Space Applications Centre (HARSAC)



Dr. G.P. Obi Reddy
Principal Scientist-Division of Remote Sensing Applications
National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning



Odisha Space Applications Centre


Dr. Bhagwan Singh Chaudhary

Ch. Bansilal University
Bhiwani (CBLU)


Manoj Rawat

RBL Bank Ltd.


Pradnya Mathur



Dr Surabhi Mittal

Senior Scientist (Agricultural Economics)


Anil Chopra



Nalin Rawal

Chief (Business Head) - Agri Business Solutions
Skymet Weather Services Pvt Ltd.


Mans Lanting

Senior Consultant Sustainable Agricultural (Chain) Development and CEO-ETC Consultants India Pvt Ltd


Dr. Virender Singh Arya

Chief Soil Survey Officer
Soil & Land Use Survey of India
Ministry of Agriculture
Govt. of India


Dr. Praveen Singh

Head- Hydroponics Projects
DS Group


Dr. Hema Yadav

National Institute of Agriculture Marketing (NIAM)


Ashish Kumar Dwivedi

Young Entrepreneur
Food development and Processing


Rakesh Kumar Kadian

Head -Business Development SAARC
Trimble Agriculture


Dr. Shailesh Kumar Singh

Assistant Professor
Department of Horticulture
Lovely Professional University


Vijay Sardana

Head – Food Security & Agribusiness (Policies & Program)
UPL Group


Rajesh Gupta

Sr Technical Expert (Market Intelligence & Agribusiness Development) at Diversified Agriculture Support Project (DASP), UP Govt.


Dr. V.V. Sadamate

Council Member
National Council for Climate Change Sustainable Development and Public Leadership (NCCSD), Formerly Adviser-Agriculture at Planning Commission


Jyotsana Chuchra

Senior Research Analyst
Geospatial Media and Communications