The 13th edition of The Agricultural Science Congress has begun on the GKVK campus of the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bengaluru today.
The theme of the Congress is ‘Climate-smart Agriculture’. Agriculture scientists from India and abroad will discuss strategies for climate-smart agriculture at the four-day event. In addition to entrepreneurs in agri-business, policy analysts, policy makers, financial institutions, students and above all farmers is participating in the Congress. This event aims to bring all like-minded people on a single platform to discuss agricultural issues in general and the effect of climate change in particular.
The Science Congress is being held in association with the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.
UAS Vice Chancellor Dr H Shivanna told mediapersons that Agricultural Science Congress, which has held for the first time in Karnataka, will provide opportunities for the agri-input sector including seed companies, manufacturers of fertilizers, agro-chemicals, pharmaceuticals, farm laboratory & dairy equipment, insurance companies and agriculture related service providers to showcase their products and interact with their potential clientele for both generating business and promoting innovation.
Dr S Ayyappan, former director general, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, and the president of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences noted that despite drought in Karnataka, there was no drop in food crop production and processing, and attributed it to increasing use of technology.
“It is also very appealing to see a lot of people, especially software professionals, showing interest in agriculture. Many have switched to agriculture. Many people come to me for advice every day. That’s very promising,” he said.
The inaugural session of the Congress has held on today at Dr. Babu Rajendra Prasad International Convention Centre UAS, Bengaluru. Sri Vajubhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka and the Chancellor of the University have inaugurated the congress in the presence of Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Noted speakers include Andreas Bürkert from the University of Kassel, Witzenhausen, Germany, Anil Kakodkar, former chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India, K Kasturirangan, former chairman, Isro, and Dr Uma Lele, independent researcher and former senior advisor, World Bank, Washington DC.
The event is divided into six thematic areas which will be held as technical sessions with presentations by speakers. Discussions will include climate change and climate variability, adaptations for climate change, farmers’ innovative methods to mitigate climate change, capacity building for climate resilient agriculture and policy issues on climate change.
In addition to the technical sessions, there will also be a display of posters by the participants every day in the afternoon on various themes.