Tuesday, 16 September 2014

International Symposium on Plantation Crops (PLACROSYM XXI)

Hosted by 

Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode, Kerala, India

10-12 December 2014
The Gateway Hotel, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
Important Dates
1. Close of pre-registration: 31 May 2014
2. Opening of registration: 1 June 2014
3. On-line payment of registration fee: 1 June 2014
4. Opening of submission of extended abstract: 1 June 2014
5. Close of submission of extended abstract: 15 August 2014
6. Communication regarding acceptance of paper: 15 September 2014
7. Closing of registration: 15 November 2014
Source : http://placrosym21.in

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

102nd Indian Science Congress

3-7 January 2015
Hosted by:  University of Mumbai, Mumbai
Focal theme: Science & Technology for Human Development
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Source : http://www.isc102.in/

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

4th International Rice Congress

27 October to 1 November 2014


The 4th International Rice Congress (IRC2014) will take place 27 October - 1 November 2014 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) in Bangkok, Thailand.  The IRC2014 theme is "Rice for the World", reflecting IRC as the largest regular conference and exhibition of the global rice scientific research community and industry.  Held under the patronage of the Royal Government of Thailand, specifically the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, IRC2014.

Organized by:

·      International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
·      Kenes MP Asia Pte. Ltd.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Opens
Abstract Submission Deadline
26 April 2014
Abstract Review
6 May 2014 – 21 June 2014
Abstract Status Notification
Between 1 July 2014 and 14 July 2014
Early Bird Deadline
27 July 2014


Source : http://ricecongress.com/2014/

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Decline in production, consumption of small millets

Despite their nutritional qualities and climate resilience, the consumption of finger millets in India declined by 47 per cent, while intake of other small millets fell by 83 per cent in the last five decades, according to DHAN Foundation.

The reason for the decline has been attributed to easy availability of rice and wheat through PDS that resulted in food consumption away from the small millets in the producing regions, during 1961-2009.
Similarly, cultivation of small millets declined from 7.22 million hectare to 2.2 millon hectare during 1961-2009 period, M Karthikeyan, Project Leader of the foundation, said.
Inadequate investments on product development and commercial ratio, low social status of small millet food, resistance to dietary habits and lack of knowledge on the use of small millets in the daily diet have been constraining its consumption, Mr. Karthikeyan said.
The project has adopted farmer-led context specific technology development and innovative promotional approach through private and public channels in order to increase the production and consumption of millets in eight regions including India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, he said.
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), one of the partners of the project, led by the Foundation, has developed an improved centrifugal dehulling prototype, which has reduced the drudgery of women by 70 per cent, he said.
While cereals in the current market context provide a cheaper source of dietary calories, small millet offer better nutrition with various micro nutrients like calcium, iron and sulphur, he claimed.
Besides, Foundation and TNAU, WASSAN, All India Coordinated Small Millets Improved Project, ICAR, and Canadian Mennonite University are core partners of the project, he said.
For enhancing demand, research was undertaken by University of Guelph, along with TNAU for proving the health benefits and highlighting 36 attractive small millet products, both traditional and modern ones, as part of the project, Mr. Karthikeyan said.
Source : http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/agriculture/the-good-are-not-wanted/article6308387.ece?topicpage=true&topicId=1333

Monday, 11 August 2014

National Seminar on Re-orientation of Agricultural Education

November 14-15, 2014 
Organized by 

Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning 

Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour-813210 
Bhagalpur (Bihar) 

Important Dates 
  • Abstract submission deadline: August 31, 2014 
  •  Regn. Fee &Registration Form 
  • Communicating Acceptance of Abstracts to the Authors: September 30, 2014 
  •  Submission of Full- length papers: October 15, 2014 
  •  Seminar Dates: November14-15, 2014
Click for more details : http://agritech.tnau.ac.in/hrd/pdf/2014/Nat_sem_nov14.pdf

Thursday, 7 August 2014

6th Indian Horticulture Congress-2014
An international meet, Horticulture for inclusive Growth,
November 06 - 09, 2014 at TNAU, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

Source : http://www.hsi1942.in/date.htm