Kohli inaugurates International Conference on Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at SKUAST Jammu


JAMMU, Oct 12: Abdul Ghani Kohli, Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Jammu and Kashmir inaugurated two days' international conference of the Society for Bioinformatics and Biological Sciences on "Recent Trends in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology for Sustainable Development" being hosted by the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences of Jammu (SKUAST-J), at Faculty of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry, R. S. Pura. The minister complimented the university for organizing the international conference at Jammu. The conference will help in suggesting a roadmap for application of bioinformatics for ensuring food and livestock security, said Kohli. He laid emphasis on utilizing biotechnology and bioinformatics for creating innovations in agricultural sector. In the information technology era, the maintenance of biological data is of prime importance for information flow, said Kohli. The minister laid emphasis on removing the hegemony of agriculture department, being the nodal department, resulting in curtailing of budgetary provisions for animal and sheep husbandry departments of the state. The minister also expressed concern regarding our state being huge importer of animal products, and laid emphasis on making the state self sufficient in animal products. For that the scientists and the development departments must work in unison, said Kohli.
Prof. Nazeer Ahmad, vice chancellor of SKUAST Kashmir was the guest of honour on the inaugural session. In his address he informed that Bt cotton is a successful example of the use of biotechnology for reducing crop losses and increasing productivity of cotton in India. The other successful example of the application of biotechnology is micro propagation of banana plants.
Prof. M. M. S. Zama, chairman of the conference, presented the welcome address and said that around 400 delegates from India and abroad are participating in this two day international conference. The delegates from Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Egypt and Nepal were present at the inaugural session and will be presenting their research findings about utilization of bioinformatics and biotechnological advances for crop and livestock improvement. The scholars and students participating in this mega international conference will be exposed to the latest technological innovations.

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