| The use of plant genetic resources in exploration, conservation, characterization and utilization should continue at national and international levels.
Sources from both wild relatives and new genetic constructs should be utilized for crop improvement.
Efforts should be made to improve on breeding techniques to suit particular crops and achieve specific objectives. Where applicable and useful, both conventional and advanced modern techniques should be used.
Priority should be given on adoption of hybrids and resistance management.
A great deal of germplasm having different trait is available. Robust molecular tools should be used.
Functional genomics studies are highly recommended.
Advanced technique already developed to clone major QTLs for yield and other important traits should be given due cognizance.
Use of DNA sequencing being cost effective tool, should be useful in studying plant species. Plant breeders need to find ways to incorporate this new sequence knowledge towards improved breeding methods such as targeted SNP markers as well as identifying candidate genes for trait improvement.
The breeders must add bioinformatics to the research team and need to interact with this new discipline.
Studies of moisture stress and drought should be taken up in relation to climate change.
Although MAS for improving drought tolerance remains a more challenging and elusive endeavor, it is an urgent priority in view of the increasing frequency and severity of drought as a consequence of global warming.
Considering the global warming emphasis should be given on protected cultivation in horticulture and viable techniques to be generated to develop enterprises for rural and tribal youth.
In order to Increase productivity of different horticultural crops, emphasis should be given on intercropping & protected cultivation.
The ICAR perspective on IPR issues involving social and techno-legal dimensions is very important.
Relevance must be ensured through physiological means to tackle biotic and abiotic stress management with special emphasis on the mango crop.
There is an urgent need for initiating programs for certification of quality and pathogen free planting materials of vegetative propagated crops like cassava, sweet potato; clonally propagated crops like citrus, apple and mango and seeds of all the crops.
Production and utilization of natural plant product like Noni (Morinda citrifolia) need to be extended and popularized.
To develop diagnostic tools for practical use by the growers and industry, the country must make adequate investment.
Visit to Bejo Sheetal Bioscience Foundation, Bejo Sheetal Seeds Pvt. Ltd. at Jalna. All the delegates were invited to Jalna and visited the BSF facility, Crop demonstration field visit also brought liveliness to this conference participants interacted with crop breeders to understand the importance & package of practices etc. The special presentation (Key note lecture) “Designer Rice for Unfavourable Ecosystem” was arranged at Bejo Sheetal Seeds Pvt. Ltd. Jalna by Dr. Swapan Datta, DDG, Crop science, ICAR, Delhi. Delegates also visited True Potato Seed Production Farm at Jalna in the evening.
Regulatory, IPR, PPV FRA and PPP discussions and presentations were carried out on 4th day of conference. Prof. Karim Maredia delivered lecture on PPP partnership initiative & experience of MSU in technology transfer. Dr. Mauria ICAR, Delhi briefed about the IPR, PVP & PPP issues & ICAR-perspective. Dr. Vibha Ahuja shared experience on “Current regulatory & Biosafety scenario in India related to GM crops. Dr. Vibha Dhavan of TERI presented PPP model impact on Agriculture growth in India. Mr. Nandkumar Kunchge shared experience of “Bejo Sheetal in PPP” On disease identification and management tools Dr. Anupam Verma, IARI & Dr. Jayant Bhanushali from Amar Immunodiagnostics shared the experience.
Government-Farmer-Industry Interactions was organized on 4th day of conference by inviting the progressive farmers. Shri. Govind Joshi shared the experience and issues of common farmer. Dr. Swapan Datta, DDG, ICAR, Dr. Kirti Sing, Dr. Y.S. Nerkar Ex. Vice Chancellor, MPKV Rahuri and Shri Nandkishore Kagliwal, Chairman Nath Seeds, Aurangabad addressed the questions of farmers and guided for better and sustainable farming systems.
Concluding session was conducted by President of Conference Dr. Kirti Singh, Mr. Vijay Page presented Jalna-Aurangabad declaration, Dr. Mazumdar presented the recommendations of the conference and Dr. Kirti Singh delivered the presidential lecture and addressed the house. Awards were presented for the winners of poster presentation, best oral presentations. Program was concluded by vote of thanx given by Shri Kamal Zunzunwala, Director Bejo Sheetal Bioscience Foundation.