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Indian Seed Congress 2020: Here’s the List of Speakers and Topics

Indian Seed Congress 2020(ISC), the biggest annual flagship event of NSAI (National Seed Association of India) will start from 15th and continue till 17th February at JW Marriot, Aerocity in New Delhi. The biggest seed congress of South East Asia is aimed to bring together industry, scientists, Agro-specialist and government officials from across the globe. The registration process and link are still open on the official site of the Indian Seed Congress 2020. Click here to register.

Moreover, there will be a technical session and discussion on the subject of “Progress in innovation for harnessing Genetic Gains for Plant variety improvement” on 16th February which will be chaired by Dr Kuldeep Singh, Director, and National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR). 

Here is the list of the topic and the respective speakers who will be joining and discussing on the topic

 

Technical session-1  02:00- 04:15 PM 

Progress in innovation for harnessing Genetic Gains for Plant variety improvement 

Chair: Dr Kuldeep Singh, Director, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) 

SNo 

Topic 

Proposed speaker 

Time  

Best practices for aligning breeding and molecular approaches to realize genetic gains for climate resilience- Case studies” 

Dr B. Maruti Prasanna, Director, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) 

02:00 - 02:30 PM 

Mutation breeding for introgression of Herbicide tolerance trait in Rice 

Dr A K Singh, Director and Head Genetics-IARI 

02:30 – 03:00 PM 

Molecular approaches to Crop nutritional improvement 

Dr Tanushri Kaul, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi 

03:00 – 03:30 PM 

Genomics assisted breeding for developing stress tolerance for crop improvement 

Dr Ch. Bharadwaj, Principal Scientist, Division of Genetics, IARI 

03:30 – 04:00 PM 

 

Open discussion & Wrap-up moderated by Chairman  

04:00 - 04:15 PM 

 

Rapporteur: Ms Mrinali Manohar, Ph.D. Scholar, Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi 

 

TEA BREAK 

04:15 - 04:30 PM 

 

Technical session-2:  04:30 PM – 06:25 PM 

Trends in seed industry: Potential Drivers for profitable agriculture 

Chair: Dr S K Malhotra, Agriculture Commissioner, MoAF, Govt of India 

SNo 

Topic 

Proposed speaker 

Time  

Unlocking Gene Banks to Ensure Food and Nutrient Security and Environmental Stability 

Dr Kuldeep Singh, Director, ICAR- National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) 

04:30 - 04:55 PM 

Current demand scenario and new trends in fodder production-Opportunities for fodder seed industry 

Dr Vijay Yadav, 

Director, ICAR- Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute 

04:55–05:20PM 

Nano Biologicals-Emerging innovation in biological seed treatments 

Dr Alok Adhaleya, Senior Director, The Energy and Resources Institute  
(TERI) 

05:20-05:45 PM 

Genomics and molecular marker-assisted selection based approaches for Vegetable crop improvement 

Dr TusarKanti Behera Ph.D. 

Fulbright, NAAS, ISGPB, HSI & ISVS Fellow, Professor & Principal Scientist, Division of Vegetable Science, ICAR-IARI 

05:45-06:10 PM 

 

Open discussion & Wrap-up moderated by Chairman 

06:10 – 06:25 PM 

 

Rapporteur: Ms Mrinali Manohar, Ph.D. Scholar, Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi 

 

 

Technical Programme (Day-2: 17.02.2020) 

Technical session-3:10:00 AM – 11:30 AM 

Key enablers for the growth of seed business 

Chair: Dr VK Gaur, Chairman-Managing Director, National Seeds Corporation 

SNo 

Topic 

Proposed speaker 

Time 

Innovations and advances in Seed Quality evaluation systems- Recent advances  

Dr K. Keshavulu, Vice-President, International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) 

10:00 – 10:20 AM 

DNA-based markers to evaluate DUS criteria of plant varieties - prospects and challenges 

Dr. Elmar Weissmann, Senior Seed Sector Expert, Indo-German Cooperation on Seed Sector Development 

10:20 – 10:40 AM 

Streamlining seed exports and harmonization of global Plant quarantine systems 

Dr S C Dubey, Principle Scientist & Head, Plant Quarantine Division, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) 

10:40 -11:00 AM 

Use of Molecular Markers in Crop Breeding and Variety Identification Programs  

Dr PatrikStolt, Subject Matter Expert, Intertek 

11:00 – 11:20 AM 

 

Open discussion & Wrap-up moderated by Chairman 

11:20- 11:30 AM 

 

Rapporteur: Ms Sanjana Pathak, Ph.D. Scholar, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar 

 

TEA BREAK 

11:30 – 11:45 AM 

 

Technical session-4: 11:45 AM – 02:00 PM 

Seed quality regulation and IPR regime in India 

Chair: Dr KV Prabhu, Chairperson, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority, Govt. of India 

Co-Chair:Dr D K Yadava, Assistant Director General (Seeds), ICAR 

SNo 

Topic 

Proposed speaker 

Time  

Benefit share mechanisms aligning with Breeder and Farmer rights under PPVFR Act-Challenges & prospects 

Dr KV Prabhu, Chairperson, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority, Govt. of India 

11:45 AM -12:10PM 

Global IPR& licensing regimes for Plant varieties and their component technologies &Traits.  

MrSimonThorstenWiebusch, Chief Operating Officer, Crop Science Division, BayerCropscience 

12:10 – 12:35 PM 

Impact of Biodiversity Act on Seed Industry 

Dr Narendran T, Technical Officer(IPR), NBA 

12:35 – 01:00 PM 

Seed Bill 2019: Provisions, Concerns and Challenges 

Mr RK Trivedi,Executive Director, National Seed Association of India 

01:00 – 01:25 PM 

IPR paradigms- Balancing private rights and public welfare: Case studies 

Mr. Tarak Dhurjati, Sr.Vice President, NSL 

01:25 - 01:50 PM 

Farmers Rights and protecting smallholder agriculture  

Dr Ravi Prakash, 

Registrar, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority (PPVFRA) 

01:50 – 02:10 PM 

 

Open discussion& Wrap-up moderated by Chairman  

02:10 – 02:15 PM 

 

Rapporteur: Ms Sanjana Pathak, Ph.D. Scholar, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar 

 

LUNCH BREAK 

02:15 – 03:00 PM 

Technical session-5:                                                                                        03:00 PM – 04:30 PM

Panel Discussion

CEO forum – Envisioning Indian seed industry in the next decade: Priorities for shaping an action agenda

Chair: Shri S K Pattanayak, Director General, ASCI, Hyderabad/ Joint Secretary (Seeds), MoAF, Govt of India

Panellists:

 

1.      Dr V.K. Gaur

CMD, National Seeds Corporation (NSC)

2.      Mr. M. Prabhakar Rao

CMD, Nuziveedu Seeds Limited

3.      Mr. G.V. Bhaskar Rao

CMD, Kaveri Seeds Company Limited

4. Mr Anil Bhandari         

MD, Maharastra State Seed Corporation Ltd

5. Mr. Sameer Mulay      

CMD, Ajeet Seeds

6. Dr BB Pattanaik

Ex CMD, National Seeds Corporation (NSC)

7. Mr Sonu Aggarwal

CEO, Weather Risk Management

8.   Dr. K.V Subba Rao

CEO, CortevaAgrisciences

9.   Dr DilipRajan

MD, East West Seeds

10.     Dr Rajvir Rathi

Bayer CropScience

TEA BREAK

4:30 PM- 4:45 PM

                    

~Followed by Valedictory Session~



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