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Plantation Crops Symposium (PLACROSYM) was started in 1972 with the objective of providing a common forum for interaction among Scientists, a platform for exchanging ideas and technologies and putting collective thought into the holistic development of the plantation crops sector. It also offers an excellent opportunity for budding scientists to acquire scientific knowledge and modern technologies through inspiring talks by experts and participation in thought-provoking discussions over plantation crops during the symposium.
The 25th Biennial Symposium on Plantation Crops will be held at ICAR-Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research, Pedavegi from 12-14 December 2023. It is a matter of honour that ICAR-IIOPR is hosting the momentous Silver Jubilee Symposium. The major constraints in the plantation crops sector are climatic hazards, prevalence of pests, rapid deterioration of soil health, and high cost of labour and other inputs. Therefore, there is an immense need to look into and find ways to mitigate the problems and double farmers’ income from the existing situation. This three-day symposium is based on “Building Smart and Resilient Farming and Systems Approaches for Prosperity in Plantation Crops Sector”.
A Quick Glance Over Plantation Crops
Plantation crops i.e., areca nut, cashew, cocoa, coconut, coffee, oil palm, spices, tea and rubber are diversified crops with industrial importance. Among horticultural crops, plantation crops can produce higher biomass per unit area resulting in efficient utilization of natural resources and highly amenable to organic/natural farming. These crops are highly remunerative bringing prosperity among growers in coastal and high rainfall areas of the country. Though the area under the plantation crops sector is about 2%, it plays a vital role in the economy of the country by contributing nearly 75% of the foreign exchange earnings of the country.
About Host Institute and Place
The venue is the Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research located at the historical village Pedavegi-erstwhile capital of Vengi Kingdom and it is 15km away from Eluru town situated along Eluru to Jangareddygudem road. Eluru is the headquarters of Eluru district in coastal Andhra Pradesh. It is an agri-horticulture-based district which is leading in the cultivation of oil palm, mango and cocoa in the state. Crops like cashew, areca nut, Java long pepper, black pepper and nutmeg are spreading at a faster rate in the district. Eluru is well connected by road, rail and air and it is just 43 km away from Vijayawada airport and 110 km from Rajahmundry airport. The weather is mild and pleasant during December month. Places like Kolleru Lake (17km) known for aquaculture and migration of birds from Siberia during winter, Goddess Kanaka Durga Temple (64km) and Dwaraka Thirumala Temple (35km) are the major tourist attractions near Eluru.
Each session includes invited/lead papers and contributory papers (oral/poster)
- Genetic resources and crop improvement
- Molecular and biotechnological approaches
- Resource use efficient technologies and systems approaches
- Climate resilient technologies
- Farm mechanization
- Plant health management strategies
- Value addition and product diversification
- TOT, Digitalization and ICT
- Public and private partnership and policy issues for R & D
Submission of abstracts: 30 September 2023
Submission of full-length papers: 15 October 2023
Booking of space for exhibition: 31 October 2023
Early registration: 15 October 2023
Late registration: 20 November 2023