About the Meeting

The Indian Society for Cotton Improvement (ISCI) Mumbai, is organizing the 7th Asian Cotton Research and Development Network meeting at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India during September 15-17, 2017. This meeting is being organized in collaboration with International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), ICAR-Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur & ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Mumbai. The theme of the network meeting is:

PRODUCTION OF QUALITY FIBRE & DOUBLING COTTON FARMERS’ INCOME

Globally, around 23 million metric tonnes of cotton is produced from about 30 million hectares. The Asian region is the largest hub for cotton production, trade and use. Together the countries in this region account for almost two third of area under cotton and more importantly they consume 77% of the global cotton produced. India, China, Pakistan & Uzbekistan are the major cotton growing countries in the region where as China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam and Indonesia are the major cotton consuming countries.

ICAR-CICR, Nagpur

ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai

ICAR-CIRCOT-GTC, Nagpur

The cotton value chain is a major employment generator and shapes the economy of several Asian countries. Asia is emerging as an undisputed hub of textile and garment industry accounting for 65% of total yarn production, around 70% of world fabric manufacture and 65% of apparel production. Despite geographical and political diversity among the cotton growing countries of Asia, the nations have several similarities and face common challenges. These include, predominance of small holder production systems, low level of mechanization, vulnerability to climate change/variability, rising production costs cutting profit margins, key pests developing resistance to major insecticides, soil degradation, dwindling agro-biodiversity, restricted access to novel technologies due to IPR related issues, more moisture & trash content and poor fibre quality, lack of appropriate ginning technology to name a few. The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) established the Asian Cotton Research and Development Network (ACRDN) in 1999 to foster regional co-operation in Cotton Research across Asian countries. Till date six meetings of this network have been held viz. Pakistan (1999), Uzbekistan (2002), India (2005), China (2008), Pakistan (2011) and Bangladesh (2014). The ACRDN meetings provide an excellent opportunity for researchers across Asian countries to assemble, interact and discuss transnational issues and evolve joint strategies to resolve emerging challenges.
This year, the ICAC has approached the Indian Society for Cotton Improvement, Mumbai, which has rich experience of successfully organizing various international events like Cotton Genome Conference (2004), International Conference on Natural Fibres (2009) and World Cotton Research Conference-5 th(2011), to take lead in organization of 7th ACRDN Meeting. Accordingly, the Society is organizing the 7th ACRDN Meeting during September 15-17 , 2017 at Hotel Le Méridien at Nagpur (Maharashtra, India).



Invitation for Participation

The Organizing Committee of the Indian Society for Cotton Improvement th(ISCI), cordially invites you for the 7th ACRDN meeting and seek your active participation in the interactive technical sessions.

Lead speakers for contributory thematic papers from each country will be identified by the organizing committee.

Additional voluntary abstracts on the topics outlined in the technical sessions are solicited from the participants.
The ISCI will seek full length papers from shortlisted abstracts for inclusion in the special issue of Cotton Research Journal published by ISCI and the papers will also be made available on the ICAC web site.






Indian Society for Cotton Improvement (ISCI)

(Regd. No. BOM/1956/75 GBBSD of 20.08.1975)

    www.isci.org.in

Indian Society for Cotton Improvement, a registered society of cotton scientists, farmers, traders and technocrats was founded in the year 1974, with broad objective of promoting cotton production and utilization.

The main activities of the Society are to organise seminars/ conferences on various topics related to cotton research & development and over the years organised more than 25 International and National seminars, prominent amongst them are the International Cotton Genome Conference (2004), International Conference on Natural Fibres (2009) and World Cotton Research Conference – 5 (2011).

Besides these, the Society also awards Cotton Scientists in recognition of their research contribution.
The Society also publishes a research journal called Cotton Research Journal and also publishes books on various topics related to cotton.
The society has around 500 members representing various disciplines of cotton.

Dr. C.D. Mayee (President)

Mr. Suresh Kotak (Chairman)

Dr. K. R. Kranthi (Vice-Chairman)

Dr. A. J. Shaikh (Secretary)

Dr. Mrs. Sujata Saxena (Treasurer)

Organising Secretary 7th ACRDN meeting


Dear Sir,
I am glad to inform you that the Indian Society for Cotton Improvement (ISCI) Mumbai, is th organizing the 7th Asian Cotton Research and Development Network meeting at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India during September 15-17, 2017. This meeting is being organized in collaboration with International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), ICAR-Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur & ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Mumbai. The theme of the network meeting is:
PRODUCTION OF QUALITY FIBRE & DOUBLING COTTON FARMERS' INCOME
As you are all well aware that the Asian Region is the largest hub for cotton production, trade and consumption. Despite several geographical and political diversity among the cotton growing countries of Asia, they encounter similar and common challenges like low productivity, less mechanization, climate change, rising production costs and agriculture becoming non-remunerative, key pests developing resistance to insecticides, soil degradation, agro biodiversity, IPR issues in adoption of innovative technologies, high moisture and trash in cotton, poor fibre quality and lack of appropriate ginning technology, etc.
To address the above issues and to foster regional co-operation in Cotton Research amongst the Asian countries, the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) had established the Asian Cotton Research and Development Network (ACRDN) in 1999. So far six meetings of this Network have taken place in various countries of Asia namely Pakistan (1999), Uzbekistan (2002), India (2005), China (2008), Pakistan (2011), Bangladesh th (2014). This year the ICAC has decided to organize the 7th ACRDN meeting at Nagpur in India.
The aim of the meeting is to bring together leading cotton scientists, researchers, traders, consumers, representatives from seed industries, ginning and allied industries to share their experiences and research findings on all aspects of cotton. The meeting also provides an excellent opportunity for researchers across the globe in general and Asian countries in particular to assemble, interact and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, concerns, practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the field of cotton production, consumption, processing and trade. Delegates from various cotton growing countries of Asia and from USA, Brazil, Australia, Africa, China, Turkey, Vietnam, . will be participating in the meeting.
On behalf of the organizing committee of 7th ACRDN meeting, I take this opportunity to co-ordially invite you to participate actively in the 7th Asian Cotton Research and Development Network (ACRDN) meeting and make the event a grand success. I am attaching herewith a copy of circular of the 7th ACRDN meeting which gives detailed information about the meeting, registration, Technical Sessions, accommodation, etc.

We look forward to your participation and making 7th ACRDN meeting a grand success. For any further assistance, please feel free to contact us via
e-mail at: acrdn.nagpur@gmail.com
With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,


(Dr. P. G. Patil)
Organizing Secretary, 7th ACRDN meeting

Email: acrdn.nagpur@gmail.com
Mobile No.: +91 9022557169




Conveners

Committee Name Email Mobile
Finance Dr. C.D. Mayee charumayee@yahoo.co.in 09970618066
Technical Dr. M.V. Venugopalan mvvenugopalan@gmail.com 09970361057
Registration Dr. Nandini Narkhedkar nnarkhedkar@rediffmail.com 09422821904
Transport & Accommodation Er. G. Majumdar gama62@rediffmail.com 09657726509
Hospitality Dr. Blaise De’Souza blaise_123@rediffmail.com 09822567062
Publication Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan gopalcotton@gmail.com 09999071941
Reception Dr. G.Balasubramani balag_amuj@yahoo.co.in 09423683897