The Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), under its programme Asia- Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources (APCoAB), in collaboration with BCIL, India, jointly organized a Webinar series for popularizing Plant Tissue Culture in Asia-Pacific Region and African Countries towards realizing its potential, on May 31, June 30, July 29, August 26 2022. With the following expected outcomes:
- Widespread awareness and sensitization about importance of Plant Tissue Culture technology in Asia-Pacific and African countries that have great potential for application of plant tissue culture technology for sustainable development and benefit the smallholder farmers.
- Highlight commercial aspect of plant tissue culture along with Quality management system (QMS) covering a wide range of crops aimed at popularization of tissue culture raised certified quality plants in the region, their significance, best practices and way forward:
Webinar 1: Banana, Root and Tuber Crops (Banana & Potato)
Webinar 2: Perennial fruits/cash crops (Date palm, Pomegranate & Sugarcane)
Webinar 3: Tree/Woody Plants (Bamboo & Teak)
Webinar 4: Ornamentals Plants
The webinars were chaired by highly reputed dignitaries/policy makers from Ministries of Agriculture, Horticulture, Rural Development, Government of India. The speakers and the panelists comprised of experts from industry, academia and leading research institutions in India and from other countries in the Asia and Africa.
The webinar series has been a grand success with active participation (ranging from 300 to 397 participants belonging to at least 28 countries) of all stakeholders (researchers from public and private sectors, industries, policy makers, teachers and students including women and youth) which was very well received by one and all. The webinar series generated great interest at a global level among all concerned and resulted in some very thoughtful deliberations among the industry leaders and senior experts. It provided an effective platform to the tissue culture industry globally to voice their opinions as well as concerns. We hope that this webinar series has provided an ideal platform to build further on the ideas generated and developing the relevant support systems with the active collaboration of the all the interested stakeholders mutually.
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