BANGKOK: A presentation by the Director of National Rice Research Institute in India will be featured at the Field Crops technical session of the upcoming Asian Seed Congress.
Prof. Himanshu Pathak, Director of National Rice Research Institute, India, an international expert on climate change and crop production has prepared a presentation focused on how climate change and increased climatic variability pose serious challenges to sustainable crop production
The discussion will take place during a meeting of the APSA Special Interest Group on Field Crops, which will take place 16:15 – 17:45 on November 15 at the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park Hotel.
Professor Pathak is the lead author for the UN Inter – Governmental Panel of Climate Change – IPCC 5th Assessment Report)
In his presentation on ‘Abiotic Stress Management in Field Crops’, Prof. Pathak will explain how to adapt to climatic changes like increased temperatures, droughts and floods, etc. for better crop resilience, and focus on potentials and limitations of various abiotic stress management options in production of field crops.
He will also discuss the research, policy and development needs at national, regional and international levels for climate – resilient crop production.
The Asia Pacific region accounts for half of world’s supply and demand for grains (mainly cereals & other field crops) and any significant change in food system in the region is likely to have global implications on food availability, access and utilization.
Rice, maize, wheat and millets are the main food security crops in the region and Asian production accounts for 20-40 percent of world’s production. Rice is the most important crop throughout Asia and 90 percent of the world’s production and consumption occurs in this region.
China and India are leaders in global wheat and maize production. Climate change is threatening food production systems and therefore the livelihoods and food security of billions of people who depend on agriculture in the Asia Pacific region.
A second presentation by APSA intern, Paul Hategekimana will also be given during the session. To meet a graduation requirement for his Master’s program at Kasetsart University, Paul, a Rawandan national, must give a presentation at an international conference.
Paul will present on his research project, with his presentation titled, “Sustainable Corn Production with Drought Resistant Cultivars”. For the past year, Paul has been experimenting with numerous varieties of maize, cultivated in varying degrees of simulated drought conditions in greenhouses at Kasetsart University in Bangkok.