KOCHI, 14 September 13: The 16th Agricultural Science Congress (ASC) and Expo, to be held in Kochi from October 10-13, is poised to bring together a diverse community of stakeholders to deliberate on sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The event will serve as a global platform for leading academicians, researchers, students, farmers, and entrepreneurs to exchange insights and experiences, with the aim of charting a course towards realizing the United Nations' SDGs.
Regular delegate registration for the Congress will close on September 20. The deadline for abstract submissions for thesis presentations at the meet is midnight on Friday (Sep 15). The Congress is organised by the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi, and hosted by the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).
Farmers meet key highlight
A key highlight of the Congress will be the 'Farmers Meet', during which successful agriculturalists, including Padma winners, from different corners of the country will share their journeys and strategies. This interactive session will also provide a platform for farmers to engage in in-depth discussions with renowned agricultural scientists and policymakers on issues and challenges they encounter.
Furthermore, an industry-scientist interface promises to be another significant draw, facilitating meaningful exchanges between industry experts and scientific innovators. This interface is expected to lead to collaborations that drive innovation and progress within the agricultural sector.
The Congress will witness the convergence of over 1500 delegates from India and abroad. It will feature an array of engaging sessions, including plenaries, special invited lectures by distinguished scientists, technical sessions, symposia, panel discussions, and student elocution contests. Topics will span a wide spectrum, encompassing critical subjects such as food and nutritional security, climate action in agri-food systems, emerging genetic technologies, livestock, horticulture, aquaculture and fisheries, nature-based solutions, next-gen technologies, and policies.
Alongside the main event, there will be an Agri Expo showcasing innovative agricultural technologies from both public and private sector research institutes, universities, agro-industries, extension agencies and NGOs.