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Canadian Technology for Agriculture & Supply Chains Mission to India – February 3-7, 2020

Request for Expression of Interest

Global Affairs Canada through the Canadian Consulates General in Mumbai and Bangalore, and the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), will be pleased to receive your application to participate in the "Technology for Agriculture & Supply Chains Mission to India", which will take place from February 3-7, 2020, in Mumbai and Bangalore. 

Note that interested companies must apply no later than Friday December 13, 2019 at midnight PDT.

Mission Objective

The mission aims to promote partnerships between Canada and India for innovation enhancement and economic benefit of both countries.

Agriculture plays a vital role in both Canada and India’s economy. The mission will focus on introducing Canadian SMEs to potential Indian partners for industrial R&D collaboration specific to applications in agriculture and supply chains.

Examples of R&D collaboration include:

Canadian Delegation Profile

Canadian participants should meet the requirements below in order to benefit from this initiative:

Mission Description

The Canadian Technology for Agriculture & Supply Chains Mission will include customized partnership development activities for the purposes of discussing R&D opportunities with Indian companies in two cities: Mumbai and Bangalore. The program in each of the cities will be customized to meet the needs of the delegates chosen to participate. Elements of the mission may include such things as:

Bangalore

Mumbai

Description of the Initiative

The mission will focus on building partnerships, and increasing Canadian company knowledge and services in the areas such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies for agriculture. This is an area of interest for both the Indian government and Indian private sector. Given Canada’s capabilities in the area, Canadian participants will be in a better position to propose R&D collaborations with Indian partners, which will ultimately enable them to address market opportunities in India.

Some of the key technology-based solutions that could be implemented in India, and areas of focus for the Canadian delegates on this Mission, include:

Why India?

India has the second-largest agricultural land area in the world, with around 60% of rural Indian households making their living from agriculture, thus creating a huge scope for agriculture technology (agritech) in the country.  New-age methods of agriculture management, coupled with technology, have improved agricultural practices and productivity, but much of the sector still lags when it comes to modernization. However, in various parts of the country, farmers are beginning to adopt precision agriculture, a subcategory of agritech, through machines and equipment that use data analytics, IoT and robotics to optimize inputs and enhance yields.

Agriculture is now a sector with great potential of triggering growth and is witnessing a number of startups in India. The sustainable intensification of agriculture systems offers synergistic opportunities for combined growth of agriculture and capital investment.

Financial Support for Travel Costs

The Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) may provide financial support to eligible participants for 50% of eligible expenses such as:

How to Apply for Participation

  1. Interested companies should request an application form from Arbinder Pal (IndiaCommerce@international.gc.ca), Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai. Please provide a brief summary of your company in the PDA application request. A complete application form requesting additional information on your company, your technology and your interest in discussing possible R&D opportunities will be provided;
  2. Completed application forms should be sent no later than Friday December 13, 2019 at  midnight PDT to Arbinder Pal at IndiaCommerce@international.gc.ca;
  3. The Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai and NRC-IRAP will select companies to participate in the mission. Selected applicants can expect to be notified no later than Wednesday December 18,  2019;
  4. Companies formally selected to participate in the mission will be invited to apply for travel funding support. Interested participants should request a travel funding form from Arbinder Pal (IndiaCommerce@international.gc.ca). Deadline for travel funding applications to be submitted is no later than Monday December 23, 2019.
  5. Companies who have applied for travel support can expect to be notified of the decision on travel funding support no later than Friday, January 3, 2020.

Please note: Participation is limited. Applications submitted will be assessed to determine the eligibility of the Applicant to participate in this R&D mission based on the quality of the information provided in regards to the technology and the appropriateness of the technology for the target CIIP market.

Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in collaboration with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) delivers the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) in India. CIIP supports industrial R&D collaborations between Canadian SMEs and companies in key markets, including India. Collaborative R&D projects (validation, adaptation and co-development) between Canadian and Indian companies resulting from the Canadian Technology for Agriculture & Supply Chains Mission to India may be eligible to apply for CIIP project funding.

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