Kindly send your dully filled registration form and a passport size photograph at [email protected] with your full online transaction details. For any further query kindly contact Ms. Sakshi Soi - 9717298182 or Mr. Sudhir Kumar Tanwar - 9213973848.        • Conference Date: November 22-26, 2016 | New Delhi, India

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    November 5, 2016
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    November 5, 2016
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    November 5, 2016
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    November 5, 2016

Welcome to 4th International Agronomy Congress

At the time of Third International Agronomy Congress held at New Delhi, India in November 2012, it was resolved to hold the Fourth International Agronomy Congress to review the progress and work out strategies to meet the challenges of food, nutrition, environment and livelihoods security to achieve 'Zero Hunger Challenge' by generating new opportunities through agronomic research. Since no proposal was received from any organization in India or abroad to hold the Fourth International Agronomy Congress, the Indian Society of Agronomy again took the initiative to organize the Fourth International Agronomy Congress to maintain the continuity and provide an international platform to discuss the emerging issues.

The 20th Century witnessed an outstanding and unprecedented scientific and technological development in all fields ranging from agriculture to industry and further to information technology. This progress has virtually transformed human life in terms of prosperity and higher standard of living for a section of global population. Yet, the paradox before us is the stark reality that large segment of humanity is still trapped in hunger and poverty. In view of this, recently UNO has declared world transforming with its agenda of sustainable developmental goals for 2030 and the first and second goals are to end the poverty in all its forms everywhere and to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. In his message to the nation on the eve of 69th Independence Day His Excellency President of India Sh. Pranab Mukherjee emphasized to achieve Zero Hunger Challenge. Of the current population of 6.2 billion, 1.0 billion are living below poverty line, majority of which are suffering from malnutrition, mainly in Asia and Pacific region. This problem is bound to accentuate further with the increase in population to 8.0 billion by 2020 most of that increase will occur in the developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. So to achieve the "First sustainable Development Goal" and "Zero Hunger Challenge" new innovations in agriculture have to play a very important role by counter acting the problems of decline in the factor productivity, soil health and water availability, increasing incidences of diseases and pests, energy crises, livelihood security of small holders and emerging challenges of climate change. Our natural resources will be at increasing risk from soil degradation, deforestation, contamination, biodiversity losses and population pressure.

In changing climate scenario, there is a need to change our research priorities especially under rainfed agriculture for judicious use of available rainfall and amelioration of stresses due to biotic and abiotic factors. Further, there is also a need for crop diversification, which itself includes varietal diversification, technological innovations and flexible calendar to match or suit weather and climate change. Declining soil organic carbon status along with deficiency of micronutrients is another threat to sustain the growth rate of productivity. Conservation agriculture has potential for managing the declining soil productivity besides, managing the climate change. Another important area of research is the resource conservation techniques which required strengthening for improving the resources use efficiency and improving the natural resource base. The per capita water availability has come down from 3100 m3 in 1975 to 1900 m3 in 2000 and it is likely to be decline further to 1400 m3 in 2025. This calls for special attention of the agronomists to manage this precious resource by developing techniques for efficient use of each drop of water. The technologies developed so far need further refinement and up-gradation. An Integrated farming system, irrespective of combination of crops and enterprises/ location/management/socio-economic conditions has resulted in higher profit in all the case studies carried out so far.

This approach has the potential to take care of livelihood, environment and energy security through multiple and efficient use of resources. Due to environmental and economic constraints, further increase in productivity and production will be possible through resource use efficiency and multiple use of limited resources. There is also a need to develop integrated soil-crop system management, which is capable of increasing the crop yield as well as sustainable use of natural resources. Crop demand-driven site-specific nutrient application techniques can add to farmer’s profit and reduce pollution.

Under these circumstances, the 'Agronomy' which confines the knowledge and findings of other disciplines of agriculture and basic sciences and translates them into innovative technologies for the use of farmers, has to play an important role. In the proposed Fourth International Agronomy Congress, all these issues/problems/threats of agriculture will be discussed at the international platform to take stock of Technology Capital available to address these issues.

Based on the deliberations of the proposed Congress, future research strategies and recommendations will be developed to address the emerging matrix of the agricultural problems in holistic manner.

Indian Society of Agronomy has history of organizing 3 successful International and 20 National Conventions, which ended with sound recommendations for solving the problems of food and nutritional security. We are expecting about 1,100 delegates around the globe. It is our hope that they will play pro-active, innovative and decisive role in shaping the future global agronomic research aiming to look for a world, where every person has the economic and physical access to supplement food for all times along with environmental security.

We consider it our privilege to extend you a warm invitation for your active participation in the Congress to accomplish its objectives.

Looking forward to meet you in the Congress at New Delhi

Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Chairman
Board of Governors of Congress and
DG, ICAR and Secretary, DARE, New Delhi
Dr Gurbachan Singh, Co-chair
President, Indian Society of Agronomy
and Chairman, ASRB, ICAR, New Delhi

IAC 2016

Congress Secretariat

Dr Y. S. Shivay
Organizing Secretary, Fourth International Agronomy Congress and
Secretary, Indian Society of Agronomy, Division of Agronomy,
ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 110 012, India
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