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Union Ministry of Agriculture is going to organise the 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VIII) in New Delhi from 18 to 21 November 2019. The conference will be organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, ISI-CAS, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Eurostat, African Development Bank (AfDB) and various other organisations. The theme of this year’s ICAS is ‘Statistics for Transformation of Agriculture to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Addressing the media in New Delhi today, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) informed that it is for the first time that such an important conference in the field of agriculture statistics is happening in the country and this would be a learning opportunity for the statisticians, young scientists and decision makers in India to adopt modern practices in agriculture such as Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), precision farming among others. He added that the conference is held with an aim to address various challenges faced in producing data to report on the SDGs and various leading research and also to deliberate and finalise the best practises in the field of agriculture statistics.
The Director General said that the conference would see participation of more than 600 delegates of which 200 delegates would be from 108 countries. There will be five plenary sessions and 44 technical sessions. Dr. Mohapatra added that ample discussions are not happening in the field of statistics in the country today even if a large amount of data is available. He further emphasised that this available data should be utilised effectively in agriculture sector with help of modern methods and practises taking inputs from the conference.
Speaking at the media briefing, Dr. Michael Steiner World Bank representative and International Statistical Institute-CAS chair said that ICAS is a series of conferences that started in 1998 based on overarching need for agricultural data worldwide. The conference is conducted every three years based on overarching need for agricultural data worldwide and the last conference was held in Rome in 2016. He added that the agenda for this conference covers domains of food and agricultural statistics, related methodologies, technologies and processes.