19th September 2013, Goa
Shri Bharat Vir Vanchoo, Hon’ble Governor of Goa inaugurated the International Symposium on Problems of Listeriosis (ISOPOL XVIII, 2013) here today. In his inaugural address, Shri Vanchoo emphasized upon the need of hygienic milk and meat production to reduce emerging health hazards. He also urged the scientific community to discuss the issues related to poverty alleviation and tackle the problems humanely. Shri Vanchoo said that poverty is a predisposing condition for ill health, alleviation of poverty through sustainable development and food security solutions in agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture and fisheries are of utmost importance.
The Guest of Honour, Dr. Alok K. Sikka, Deputy Director General (NRM), ICAR briefed the gathering about the research programmes of ICAR. He said that ICAR is determined to develop sustainable management strategies for natural resources for achieving food, nutritional, environmental and livelihood security in the country. Dr. Sikka informed that ICAR is mandated to develop location specific cost effective eco-friendly conservation and management technologies for higher input use efficiency, agricultural productivity and profitability.
Dr. N.P. Singh, Director ICAR Research Complex for Goa chaired the inaugural function and assured to play a major role in promoting excellence in higher education in agriculture. He informed that Listeriosis is a major disease transmitted through frozen foods, meat and milk products and responsible for causing abortions and premature births in human as well as animals.
Dr. A.M. Paturkar, President, Indian Association of Veterinary Public Health Specialists and Dr. S.B. Barbuddhe Convener of ISOPOL, 2013 were also present of the occasion. A special session on food safety in South-East Asia and round table discussion of researcher, food industry and clinicians interface to find solutions to the Listeriosis problem was also organized on the occasion.
More than 100 foreign scientists from 28 different countries and 140 Indian scientists participated in this Symposium (19-22 September 2013). Eminent microbiologists, veterinarians, public health officials, clinicians, academicians and policy makers discussed the means and ways to combat this disease.
(Source: ICAR-RC for Goa)