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Second, National Brassica Conference-2014

Brassicas for addressing edible oils and nutritional security
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana - February 14-16, 2014

 

National Brassica Conference-2014

Crop Brassicas are important sources of edible oil with lowest amount of saturated fats, oilseeds and leafy vegetables rich in minerals and anti-oxidants, and tasteful condiments crops. Rapeseed-mustard is an important group of oilseed crops accounting about one-fourth of the total oilseeds production  in  the country. These crops are predominantly grown on varied soils of diverse agro-climatic regions  in  India. The current production of oilseeds in the country meets only 50% of domestic needs of edible oils, the deficit is being covered with import mainly of palm oil of more than Rs 50,000 crores per annum. With the present level of production and productivity, the demand-supply gap of edible oils in future is anticipated to increase further due to expected increase in population and better living standard. Rapeseed-mustard group of crops adapted to varied  agro-climatic  and management  conditions  have  the  potential  to  bridge  this  gap  through  genetic  enhancement  and  technological breakthroughs. Vegetable Brassicas  such as  cabbage,  cauliflower and broccoli are also  important  sources of mineral nutrients and antioxidants.

Production of these crops is impacted by several abiotic and biotic stresses, and uncertain economics. The threat of anticipated climate change is looming and calls for new initiatives to face the challenge. Small and fragmented oil & vegetable processing sector, lack of incentives for quality produce, absence of support from critical input industries etc. are adding to the woes of the brassica producers. The challenges of ensuring edible oil and nutritional security through enhanced access to Brassica oilseeds and vegetables in the face of rising input costs, biotic and abiotic stresses and stakeholders' aspirations can only be addressed with  thoughtful deliberations among policy Planners, researchers, academicians, corporates, supply chains organizations and farmers. The proposed conference offers a platform to research and extension scientists from research institutions universities, technology dissemination departments, seed and input supplying organizations and  industries  to  focus on different Brassicas  for addressing  issue pertaining  to edible oils production  to bridge demand-supply gap and nutritional security  to  improve human health  through nutrient rich oils and vegetables. Bringing  together oilseed and vegetable Brassicas on common plateform  is  intended  to promote cross  learning among  larger Brassica  fraternity.  It will also serve  the  forum of networking among scientist and promote  flow of knowledge and  traits across commodity domains.

Thematic Areas

  • Evolution, Trait Genetics & Breeding
  • Crop Protection: Challenges & Prospects
  • Crop Management: Challenges & Possibilities
  • Crop Physiology & Nutritional quality
  • Genomics and Transgenics
 

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Second, National Brassica Conference-2014
Brassicas for addressing edible oils and nutritional security
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana - February 14-16, 2014 srmrnbc@gmail.com