Society for Rapeseed-Mustard Research (SRMR), Bharatpur, India announces organization of 4th National Brassica Conference (NBC-2019) on “Innovative Approaches in Oilseed Brassica Towards Self Sufficiency” at the Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology (CSAUA&T), Kanpur during February 1-3, 2019.

India is world's fourth largest edible oil economy after the U.S., China and Brazil. Globally, it contributes almost 6% of global vegetable oil production; 14 % of vegetable oil imports and 10 % of edible oils. The total market size of the Indian oilseed sector is about Rs 600 billion (US$13.4 billion). In the context of national agricultural system, oilseeds occupy 13 % of the country's gross cropped area and 3% to gross national products and 10% value of all agricultural products. Groundnut, soybean and rapeseed-mustard are the major oilseeds and contribute approximately 80 % of production. The average contribution of rapeseed-mustard to the total oilseed production in India was 25.2%, with its average productivity 1304 (kg/ha) during 2016-17. Though, rapeseed-mustard is placed 2nd in terms of production, after soybean, it ranks 1st in terms of oil yield among all oilseed crops. Oilseed Brassicas grown in India are B. juncea, B. rapa. B. napus and B. carinata. B. juncea predominates and accounts for about 90% area under rapeseed-mustard crops. These crops are grown in diverse agro-climatic conditions varying from north-eastern/north-western hills to down south under irrigated/rainfed, timely/late sown and sole/mixed cropping.

The estimated area, production and yield of rapeseed-mustard in the world was 36.68 million hectares (mha), 72.42 million tonnes (mt) and 1974 kg / ha, respectively, during 2017-18. Globally, India account for 19.8 % and 9.8% of the total acreage and production (USDA 2016-17). During the last seven years, there has been a considerable increase in productivity from 1840 kg/ha in 2010-11 to 1974 kg/ha in 2017-18 and production has also increased from 61.64 m t in 2010-11 to 72.42 m t in 2017-18. Rapeseed–mustard crops in India are grown in diverse agro climatic conditions ranging from north-eastern / north western hills to down south under irrigated/rainfed, timely/late sown, saline soils and mixed cropping. Indian mustard accounts for about 75-80 % of the 6.07 m ha under these crops in the country during 2016-17 crop season. India is the second largest importer of edible oilseeds after China. Country needs to spend over 60,000 crores annually to augment domestic supplies. Thus, attaining self-Sufficiency in edible oil sector is critical for reducing current account deficit and also edible oil security of a burgeoning population. This necessitates a comprehensive road map to meet the challenge of bridging the widening gap of demand and production of edible oil and Rapeseed-mustard is expected to play a major role. However, attempts to enhance its productivity signifantly are not fully successful due to their cultivation under diverse and mostly constrained ecologies. Climate change can further limit the productive potential of the crop. In this context, the Society for Rapeseed-Mustard Research (SRMR) has the responsibility to meet the aspirations of various stakeholders by providing an intellectually stimulating platform for discussing key issues related to 'Innovative Approaches in Oilseed Brassica Towards Self Sufficiency in all its facets; including socio-economic, empowerment of marginal farmers through technology development and policy initiatives for sustainable farming, and natural resource management in tune with global climate change.

The broad objective of 4th NBC is to develop the road map for sustainable increase in rapeseed-mustard productivity and doubling of incomes in order to achieve national edible oil security and development goals in changing climate.

The society has great pleasure in inviting you to attend the 4th NBC at CSAUA&T, Kanpur during February 01-03, 2019. CSAUA&T will be hosting the NBC for the first time and is expected to attract a large number of very distinguished scientists from the country and abroad, in all concerned disciplines. The SRMR looks forward to your active participation and be a part of this historic event in sparking off the much needed paradigm shift in the practice of oilseed Brassica and the management of rapeseed-mustard production systems in the face of attaining self-sufficiency in edible oil.



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Theme 1: EVOLUTION, TRAITS GENETIC AND BREEDING

  • Genetic enhancement for biotic and abiotic stresses
  • Heterosis breeding
  • Crop architectural breeding
  • Exploiting wider diversity
  • Molecular and genetic basis of plant-insect-pest interaction
  • Quality improvement and value addition
  • Opportunities for new cruciferous crops

Theme 2: RESOURCE USE-EFFICIENT PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES

  • Optimizing crop nutrition through precision agriculture
  • Soil fertility and microflora
  • Sustainable production through resource conservation
  • Organic production
  • Crop Physiology
  • Farm mechanization and Post harvest technology

Theme 3: STRATEGIES FOR DISEASE/PEST MANAGEMENT

  • Host pathogen interaction
  • Epidemiology and forecasting modeling
  • Disease-pest management
  • Survey and surveillance of new pests/pathogens

Theme 4: TRADING POLICIES AND INNOVATIVE APPROACHES FOR TECHNOLOGY DISSEMINATION

  • Development and Adoption of Agricultural Innovations
  • New approaches for transfer of technology
  • Demand-supply dynamics and increasing farmer income
  • Economics, Policy, Market and Trade intelligence
  • Public Private partnership and linking of production & processing

 

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