The 32nd ISTA Symposium will be held in Hyderabad from26-28 June 2019, followed by the ISTA Congress from June 29- July 03 2019. This is the first time in 94 years that the ISTA Congress is being hosted in Asia by India. The event will bring together 800 global seed experts from 80 countries with a common goal: share information and ideas about the seed trade.
The curtain raiser for the 32nd ISTA Symposium & Congress held on 6th December at Bengaluru. N.H Shivashankar Reddy, Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Govt. of Karnataka and chief guest of the event said – “Seed technology is essential for better quality seeds and produce, seeds which are more profitable and give better income for farmers. With better seeds, international exports will increase; and ISTA symposium & congress will help farmers from allover the state.”
Organised by the Govt. of Karnataka, the curtain raiser was aimed at engaging with seed industry stakeholders, agricultural universities, state seed corporations and certification agencies, and it was quite the success. The event highlighted the theme for the seed symposium of the 32nd ISTA symposium & congress – Seed Technology & Quality in a Changing World,and the speakers shed light on the state of the seed industry and the modern trends in seeds in India.
The event was also attended by Shri. C. Parthasarathi, APC & Principal Secretary (Agriculture), Govt. of Telangana; Shri. Maheshwar Rao, IAS &Secretary(Agriculture); and Dr. Keshavulu, Organizing Secretary of the ISTA Symposium & Congress 2019 &Director of Telangana State Seed Certification Agency & TSSC.
Dr. Keshavulu, Organizing Secretary of the ISTA Symposium, said -“The ISTA Symposium & Congress will be the first seed event in India which will be attended by so many international delegates. The conference will greatly boost seed infrastructure and technology in the country and encourage international quality seeds in the country.”