To meet the national food security, researches in frontier areas like genomics, robotics and bioinformatics the Third International Symposium on Genomics in Aquaculture has inauguarated on here on Tuesday.
While inauguarating the Conference being organised jointly by Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture & Association of Aquaculturists Chief Guest Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University Prof (Dr.) Soumendra Mohan Pattnaik has advocated for more collaborative works among the researchers to produce useful products/technologies for the benefit of stakeholders in aquaculture. He also stressed on Integrated farming should be adopted in the right way for sustainable environment and more research should be done for the less privileged people of the society.
Dr. Victor Martinez, Director, FAVET-INBIOGEN, Chile has said , the genomic database for the species could only be completed very recently though it started way back in 2005. Research in genomic science requires huge investment, however, it pays. He said as we are already reaping its advantages in agriculture and animal husbandry.
Dr. B. R. Pillai, Director, ICAR-CIFA has highlighted the genetics research being done in the institute in relation to better growth and aquaculture production enhancement. She also stated that for these cutting edge technologies the institute is having collaborative research with other ICAR institutes and DBT, DST and many other national and international institutions.
Dr. K. D. Mohapatra Organising Secretary of the symposium welcomed the gathering and briefed about the genesis and thematic areas of the symposium. Over 200 researchers from different parts of India and abroad are taking part in this symposium, informed Dr Mohapatra. The ISGA III brings together lead researchers and experts from animal, plant and fish genomics and provides a platform for exchange of knowledge and ideas. One of the outputs would be formulation of collaborative programs for research, academic exchange and capacity building. During the Symposium an Exhibition is being held in which research institutes and trading companies related to agriculture and fisheries had taken parts. A souvenir, book of abstract were released on the occasion.