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DATE:  10-12 December 2014

PLACE:  Kozhikode

The plantation crops sector comprising of coconut, arecanut, cocoa, cashew, oil palm, coffee, tea, rubber and spices are mainly food, nutritional and beverage crops contributing significantly to the socio-economic security of people in the tropics. A unique initiative of research and development institutions associated with plantation crops in India was the organization of Symposia on Plantation Crops (PLACROSYM) biennially. The main objective of the symposia is to provide a common forum for interaction among scientists, industry, and extension and development agencies engaged in plantation crops research and development. The symposium also offers an opportunity for young scientists to acquire scientific knowledge through inspiring lectures by experts and participating in thought provoking discussions. The present symposium which is 21st in the series has been proposed as an international one with the theme ‘Converging technologies for sustainability’ will provide a platform to address and discuss recent developments in the production, utilization and marketing of plantation crops in the context of global challenges confronting this sector.

Important dates

1. Close of pre-registration: 31 May 2014

2. Opening of registration: 1 June 2014

3. On-line payment of registration fee: 1 June 2014

4. Opening of submission of extended abstract: 1 June 2014

5. Close of submission of extended abstract: 15 August 2014

6. Communication regarding acceptance of paper: 15 September 2014

7. Closing of registration: 15 November 2014


For more details contact

Dr. M. Anandaraj, General Chairman
Phone: +91-495-2730294, e-mail:

Dr. S. Devasahayam, General Convener
Phone: +91-495-2731410 Extn. 400, e-mail:

Dr. T. John Zacharia, Co-convener
Phone: +91-495-2731410 Extn. 300, e-mail:

Dr. R. Dinesh, Convener, Publication Committee
Phone: +91-495-2731410 Extn. 305, e-mail: /

Dr. K. S. Krishnamurthy, Convener, Registration Committee
Phone: +91-495-2731410 Extn. 311, e-mail:

Dr. K. Kandiannan, Convener, Transport & Accommodation Committee
Phone: +91-495-2731410 Extn. 312, e-mail:

Dr. P. Rajeev, Convener, Exhibition Committee
Phone: +91-495-2731410 Extn. 500, e-mail:


PLACROSYM Secretariat
P.B. No. 1701, Marikunnu Post, Kozhikode – 673 012, INDIA
Phone: PABX +91-495-2731410, 2731753, 2731345 Extn. 330; FAX: +91-495-271187
e-mail: /

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