Considered a prestigious event in the world of cotton, the conference will be inaugurated by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Union Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh will also be present on the occasion.
Addressing mediapersons here, chairman of Central Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board and president of WCRC organising committee C D Mayee said, “India has won a stiff contest with Brazil to host the event and over 200 top cotton scientists of the world will attend the meet.”
“The scientists will brainstorm on various issues like biotechnology, genomic, plant breeding, production technologies, economics, textile research, byproduct utilisation and mechanisation,” he said.
“India’s 2020 vision of cotton is 1,000 kg lint per hectare, currently at 500 kg, by improving vertical rather than horizontal growth by restricting the area under 110 lakh hectare. The meet will be of great significance in terms of updating our knowledge about progressive world practices in other countries,” he added.
India is now the world’s largest cotton field with about 118 lakh hectare (2010-11) and second largest producer with over 325 lakh bales (2010-11). Yet, India’s productivity is abysmally low compared to China and Brazil. China produced 415 lakh bales from 54 lakh hectare, while Brazil produced 119 lakh bales from just 13 lakh hectare. Their productivity is between 50 and 60 quintals per hectare compared to India’s 15-20.
“We will have a great many things to learn from them,” said Keshav Kranthi, director of Central Institute for Cotton Research and a winner of International Cotton Scientist of the Year Award in 2009.