National Symposium for Sustainable Agriculture Inaugurated

4th December 2012, Bengaluru

The Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru; Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi; and University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru jointly organized a National Symposium on "Blending Conventional and Modern Plant Pathology for Sustainable Agriculture" from 04-06, December 2012 at IIHR.

National Symposium for Sustainable Agriculture Inaugurated

Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board while inaugurating the Symposium emphasized that in the context of the changing scenario of climate, new and emerging diseases would be a great threat to sustainability of agriculture and food safety. He said that the scientists should initiate work on blending traditional knowledge with Integrated Pest management as well as advanced molecular techniques in combating stress.

Dr. K.Narayana Gowda, Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences was the Guest of Honor. He urged that disease forecasting is one of the major thrust areas on which work needs to be intensified. The inaugural session was presided over by Dr. A.S.Sidhu, Director, IIHR.

Four publications were released on the occasion. Dr Ravi Khetrapal, President, Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS) launched the Crop Protection Federation and Seed pro-a microbial growth promoter and fungal disease suppressor – a technology developed by IIHR was also released. Many stalwarts of plants pathology were awarded various awards on the occasion.

The Symposium would deliberate on issues like Reaching farmers and farmers participation, Crop losses and epidemiology, Molecular diagnostics and strategies, Sustainable agriculture and livelihood, Green technologies for reducing impact on environment, Classical and molecular breeding, Old and new generation chemicals, integrated disease management, Impact of climate change on plant diseases, Safeguarding protected cultivation, Exotic pathogens and plant quarantine, Regulatory and policy issues in plant pathology.

Dr. Ravi Khetrapal, CABI Bioscience, South East Asia Centre and the President, IPS, Dr Pratibha Sharma, Secretary, IPS, Dr P. Choudappa, Principal Scientist, Plant Pathology and Organizing Secretary, National Symposium and Dr Krishana Reddy, Head Division of Plant Pathology, IIHR were also present on the dais.

More than 300 research scientists, officials from Developmental departments and representatives from Corporate Sector are participating in the three day symposium.

(Source: IIHR, Bengaluru)