The four-day long "14th Edition of Agricultural Science Congress - 2019" jointly organized by the National Academy of Agricultural Science (NAAS) and ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute at National Agricultural Science Centre Complex, New Delhi concluded today.
In his valedictory address, Prof. K. Vijayraghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India expressed concern about the changing climate and the vulnerabilities of agriculture and human to the changes. He also called for a co-operative effort to mitigate the challenges in a holistic way by addressing not only the effects, but causes also.
Dr. R.B. Singh, Chairman, Scientific Programme Committee, 14th ASC - 2019 & Former President, NAAS opined for the need to harmonize a regulatory framework to create win-win environment for all the co-operative countries that need to take advantage of this changed scenario of the globalized world.
Prof. Panjab Singh, President, NAAS and Dr. A.K. Singh, Chairman, Organizing Committee, 14th ASC - 2019 and Director, IARI presented the recommendations of the 14th Agricultural Science Congress - 2019.
The Congress with its theme "Innovations for Agricultural Transformation" provided the visitors with an opportunity to learn and know about the various schemes being announced by the Government for lessening the agrarian crisis and improving the farmer's welfare by doubling up their income.
The Congress registered a total participation by 1,736 Delegates including 506 students. Around 43 Delegates from 17 countries also registered their participation in the Congress.
Dr. W.H. Pfeiffer, Dr. Lee Hickey, Prof. John Dixon, Dr. Danielle Carrier, Dr. Rajeev Varshney along with other stalwarts of Indian Agriculture also marked their presence during the Congress and discussed about the various latest agricultural technologies that are being developed and are deemed to be a landmark in bringing substantial change in the agricultural arena of the country.
A total of 123 exhibitors from ICAR, SAUs, state governments and national, state and private sector organizations also marked their active participation in the ASC-India Expo - 2019, an exhibition organized as a part of the Congress. The various stalls put up during the exhibition depicted a plethora of varied varieties of different agricultural technologies and products that proved to provide the visitors with a real aroma of agricultural world.
The scientific and technical sessions held during the Congress discussed about the various techniques and technologies developed by the various scientists of agricultural fields in the direction of transforming the agricultural arena.
The occasion also felicitated around 22 candidates from a total of around 1,100 for their Best Posters.