The International Conference on “Emerging Synergies in Agriculture, Food Processing and Biotechnology” was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Parshottam Rupala on 21st Feb 2018 at Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore.
The Conference organized by the School of Agriculture and Biosciences of the Deemed University which had a participation of more than 500 delegates and 300 papers are being presented.
The Keynote addresses are being delivered by experts from India and abroad. Dr. Itamar Glazer, Director (Research) of Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, Israel spoke on the research initiatives of Vocani Center especially in the field of drip irrigation and precision farming.
Prof. Itzhak Shmulevich of Technion, Israel spoke on the application of Robotus in farm mechanization.
Dr. Yoram Oren, Zuckerberg Institute of Water Research Institute of Israel has a presentation on reuse of waste water for irrigation and agriculture purpose.
Dr. Yafit Cohen of Volcani Institute explained how thermal images can help in farming, especially in managing micro irrigation.
Keynote addresses are given by: Prof. Hwang of PosTech University, Korea; Dr. Ravindra Kaur of IARI, New Delhi; Dr. K. P. Sudheer of IITM, Chennai; Dr. B.J. Pandian of TNAU, Coimbatore; Dr. G. S. V. Raghavan of McGill University, Canada and Dr. C. Rajasekara Murthy of Environment (Inland Waters), Canada.
Shri. Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of Government of India highlighted the synergies among water, food, health and energy and the key role of Agriculture in linking them up. He also highlighted the importance of application of modern technologies like GIS, GPS, IoT, cloud computing and electronic gadgets even wireless and mobile app for precision farming. The Minister pointed out the importance of agriculture in a country of 70% agrarian population. Shri. Rupala highlighted the schemes of Government of India aiming at farmer welfare such as Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. The minister also inaugurated the poly house, constructed by the Department of agriculture, KITS for research and development.