11th February, 2019, Jodhpur
Shri Gajendera Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare inaugurated “13th International Conference on Development of Drylands” (11 - 14 February, 2019) on the theme “Converting Dryland Areas from Grey into Green” today. In his inaugural address, he highlighted the problems and strengths of Dryland areas. He said the drylands are very fragile ecosystem and accentuated that the land degradation and climatic change are the two major issues that may pose a serious threat to sustainable agricultural production in drylands.
Dr. Adel El-Beltagy, Chairman, IDDC; Dr. Peter Carberry, DG, ICRISAT; Dr. Martin Kropff, DG, CIMMYT; Shri Aly Abousabaa, DG, ICARDA; Dr. Claudia Sadoff, DG, IWMI and two former Director Generals of ICAR, New Delhi - Dr. R.S. Paroda and Dr. Panjab Singh marked their presence as the Guests of Honour on the occasion.
Dr. John Dixon, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research was conferred with the Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Award for Leadership in Agriculture by the Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS).
Dr. R.S. Paroda, Dr. Panjab Singh, Dr. B. Venkateswarlu; Dr. Gurubachan Singh and Dr. Rajeev K. Varshney were presented the honorary fellowship by Arid Zone Research Association of India.
The various eminent international and national experts discussed about the climate change, land degradation, desertification and loss in biodiversity that are the major challenges posed before the dryland agriculture.
The Conference was jointly organized by the International Dryland Development Commission and Arid Zone Research Association of India.
The conference was co-organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences and supported by several professional societies and CGIAR institutes.
More than 450 scientists and stakeholders from 40 countries participated in the conference.
(Source: International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC) and Arid Zone Research Association of India)