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Plantation Crops Symposium (PLACROSYM) was started in 1972 with an objective of providing a common forum for interaction among Scientists, platform for exchanging ideas and technologies and put a collective thought for holistic development of plantation crops sector. It also offers an excellent opportunity for budding scientists to acquire scientific knowledge and modern technologies through inspiring talks by experts and participation in thought provoking discussions over plantation crops during the symposium.

The 25th Biennial Symposium on Plantation Crops will be held at ICAR-Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research, Pedavegi during 12-14 December 2023. It is a matter of honour that the momentous Silver Jubilee Symposium is being hosted by ICAR-IIOPR.The major constraints in plantation crops sector are climatic hazards, prevalence of pests, rapid deterioration of soil health, high cost of labour and other inputs. Therefore, there is an immense need to look into and find out ways for mitigating the problems and doubling farmers’ income from the existing situation. This three days symposium is based on the theme of “Building Smart and Resilient Farming and Systems Approaches for Prosperity in Plantation Crops Sector”

A Quick Glance over Plantation Crops
Plantation crops i.e., arecanut, cashew, cocoa, coconut, coffee, oil palm, spices, tea and rubber are diversified crops with industrial importance. Among horticultural crops, plantation crops can produce higher biomass per unit area resulting in efficient utilization of natural resources and highly amenable to organic/natural farming. These crops are highly remunerative bringing prosperity among growers in coastal and high rainfall areas of the country. Though area under plantation crops sector is about 2% but it plays a vital role in economy of the country by contributing nearly 75% foreign exchange earnings of the country.

About Host Institute and Place
Venue is Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research located at historical village Pedavegi-erstwhile capital of Vengi Kingdom and it is 15km away from Eluru town situated along Eluru to Jangareddygudem road. Eluru is a headquarters of Eluru district in coastal Andhra Pradesh. It is agri-horticulture based district which is leading in cultivation of oil palm, mango and cocoa in the state. Crops like cashew, are canut, Java long pepper, black pepper and nutmeg are spreading at faster rate in the district. Eluru is well connected by road, rail and air and it is just 43 km away from Vijayawada airport and 110 km from Rajahmundry airport. Weather is mild and pleasant during December month. Places like Kolleru Lake (17km) known for aquaculture and migration of birds from Siberia during winter, Goddess Kanaka Durga Temple (64km) and Dwaraka Thirumala Temple (35km) are the major tourist attractions nearby Eluru.

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