NCOS 2018


Account No: 37494492030
Name: NCOS-2018
State Bank of India, Diwan Chowk Branch
IFSC Code: SBIN0003251

The impact of climate change in agriculture which results in frequency and intensity of drought across the globe. Ingression of vast area by sea water in coastal region is also predicted rendering them unfit for cultivation. Though India is the largest cultivator of oilseeds in the world, we import about 50% of our oil requirements to meet the increasing demand. The diverse agro-ecological conditions in the country are favourable for growing nine annual oilseed crops, which include seven edible oilseeds (groundnut, rapeseed & mustard, soybean, sunflower, sesame, safflower and niger) and two non-edible oilseeds (castor and linseed). Many of the oilseed crops are grown rainfed under marginal lands. The variability in annual oilseed production in the country is thus directly related to climate changes especially the rainfall pattern. Hence, it is imperative to understand the impact of climate change on oilseeds in order to identify the adaptation strategies. With decrease in number of rainy days, and likely increase in frequency and intensity of dry spells which will have negative impact on the productivity of major kharif oilseed crops like soybean, groundnut, etc. whereas a sharp rise in temperature during reproductive phase will cause adverse impacts on flowering, fertilization and seed development in both kharif and rabi oilseed crops including rapeseed and mustard. Though genetic improvement will continue to be the driving force to circumvent the impending issues as a long-term solution, mitigation strategies and improvised plant protection measures and new agronomic practices will be required to address the concerns challenging enhanced productivity. It is against this background that a National Conference on “Enhancing Productivity of Oilseeds in Changing Climate Scenario” under the aegis of the Indian Society of Oilseeds Research (ISOR), Hyderabad is being organized at the Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh during 7-9 April, 2018.