Foundation for Advanced Training in Plant Breeding – ATPBR

The ATPBR is a non-profit organization thataims primarily to strengthen plant breeding capacity. With a global footprint and multi-partner platform, ATPBR is a leading organization in India that proposes to nurture personnel and institutional capabilities according to the commercial needs and formulate the strategies to develop effective crop improvement programs to make Indian agriculture more sustainable

Gene revolution has no doubt played an important role not only in improving the productivity but also in increasing the efficiency of resources like land, water, labour and other vital inputs for sustainableprofitability.Some key considerations for ‘Gene revolution for profitable agriculture is:

  1. 1. Gene revolution for biotic and abiotic resistance
  2. 2. Farm automation for small farmers from planting to harvesting
  3. 3. Value addition through crop improvement and making the produce more appropriate for the secondary farming
  4. 4. Attracting young and talented minds to agriculture as a profession and train them in making farming more profitable
  5. 5. Teaching /training the farmers/entrepreneurs for improved technologies for better crop management and environment resilience

Agriculture has always been challenged by the vagaries of the weather that make development of climate resilient crop varieties an immediate need. This will help India in increasing sustainable productionof high quality Food, Feed, Fiber, Fuel & Fine chemicals (5F).

Experts will also deliberate on the challenges of marketing faced by the growers, and formulate strategies to reinforce policies supporting development of agriculture in India

This event will also provide a networking opportunity for theProfessionals, Scientists, Industry Leaders, Policy-Makers, Farmers, Students and other stakeholders and a platform to learn from each other.

In this Conference, knowledgeable keynote and invited professional practioners of agricultural sciences will review the latestprogresses of enabling technologies for gene revolution thatcan add value to the product, increase profitability to the farmers and attract youth and talentpool to join the work force in agriculture

Despite all the technological advancements, market linkages, and forward market integration, agriculture is yet to gain the status of a profitable business for majority of the small and marginal farmers due to the engagement of the middlemen poor technical awareness, dearth ofproficient minds and meager attention paid to develop value added crop varieties for the secondary market

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Crop improvement

Crop improvement and technological interventions are continuous processes. Crop improvement professionals should maintain a constant impetus to forge a good synergy between all essential components required to achieve sustainable crop.

5F Farming

The proposed title ‘5F FARMING’ emphasizes contributions of plant breeding towards improving the availability and accessibility of ‘Food, Feed, Fiber, Fuel and Fine chemicals from farmer’s fields to consumer.

The Conference

In this Conference, outstanding keynote and invited speakers will review the recent developments of enabling technologies, evaluate best management practices to address agronomy/ nutrition/pest management issues.

Program Know More

The Program is organized for Practicing Plant breeders, Industry leaders, Crop Science Researchers, Academic faculty and leaders, Farmers/Agriculturists, Opinion leaders and Policy experts, Government officials/Administrators, Marketing & Extension professionals and Students.

  • Day 18th Jan
  • Day 29th Jan
  • Day 310th Jan
13.00 – 15.00 PM


15.30 – 15.40 PM


15.40 – 15.50 PM

Introduction: Conference theme

15.50 – 17.30 PM

Guest of Honor (what do you propose to do here?)

17.30 – 17.40 AM

Vote of Thanks

17.40 – 18.30 AM

Inauguration of Exhibition/poster session

18.30 – 19.30

Vision lecture

19.30 – 21.30

Networking Dinner

9.00 – 9.30 AM


11:30 - 1:30

Session - 2: Gene Revolution for Biotic & Abiotic Stress resistances

10.00 – 10.30 PM

Global Plant Breeding Consultant

Dr. David Mies
Global Plant Breeding Consultant
10.30 – 11.00


Dr. Rachit Saxena
11.00 – 11.20

Cotton Breeder @ UAS Dharwad

Dr. Patil
Cotton Breeder @ UAS Dharwad
11.20 – 11.30

Tea/Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.30

Session 3: Startup Dialogue

11.30 – 12.00

Power of Entrepreneurship

Mr. M.B. Patil
CEO @ Sandbox Startups
12.00 – 12.30

Building Agri-Innovation Impacting Farmers

Dr. TaslimarifSaiyed
CEO and Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP)
12.30 – 13.00

Vertical farming - a Promising Sustainable Farming

Dr. Sairam Reddy
Co-Founder & Research Director @ Urban KisaanHydrotech Pvt., Ltd.
13.00 – 13.30

Prosperity and Self-reliance to the Farmers

Dr. Mohammad M. Anwer
National Director @ Institute for promotion of Agriculture
13.30 – 14.30

Lunch Break

14.30 -16.30

Session - 4: Technology Integration for Crop Improvement

14.30 -15.00

Bar Code and Seed Labeling

Dr. Dilip Kr. Srivastava
(Asstt. Commr. (QC)
15.00 – 15.30

Wadhwani Foundation

15.30 – 16.00

Artificial Intelligence in Farming

Dr. SharanAngadi
Advisor @ Ankur Seeds Pvt Ltd
16. 00 -16.30

Developing Future Plant Breeders: Current Gaps and Way Forward

Dr. CLL Gowda
Co-Founder, GRSV Consulting Services
16.30 – 17.00

Tea/Coffee Break

17.00 – 18.00

Plenary Talk Gene editing technology and its regulation

Dr. B.D. Singh
Former Professor Emeritus (BHU)
19.00 – 21.00

Group Dinner

9.00 – 9.30


09.30 -11.30

Session - 5: Agro-technology and Farm Automation

09.30 - 10.00

Protected Cultivation in India - Prospects & Challenges

Dr Brahma Singh
Ex Director - Defense Ministry, Head of Horticulture, Padma Shree
10.00 -10.30

Farm Mechanization and High Density Planting System in Cotton

Mr. Suresh Babu
GM Sales & Marketing-Cotton – Rasi Seeds Pvt Ltd
10.30 - 11.00

Crop Protection Driven by Green Chemistries in Sustainable Agriculture

Mr. Promod Kadkol
GM Corteva Agriscience
11.00 -11.30

Enhancing Crop Productivity through Tntegrated Soil, Water and Nutrient Management (SWNM) in the Dryland Areas

Dr. Suhas Wani
Former Research Program Director. Asia and Director, ICRISAT
11.30 – 11.40

Tea/Coffee break

11.45 -12.30

Panel Discussion

11.45 – 12.00

Subsistence Farming to Seed Production hub: A Saga of Global Outreach

Mr. N. Kotresh
Akshara Seeds & Services
12.00 – 12.15

Farmer Centric Farm Automation

12.15 – 12.30

Vegetable Production: Opportunity & Challenges

Mr. Akash kumar Naik & Mr.Timmanna Aralimatti

Open Discussion

13.30 – 14.30

Lunch (Exhibition and Poster display Session)

14.30 - 16.30

Session -6: Extension and Value Added Marketing

14.30 – 15.00

Value added Marketing for Farmers` Profitability

Dr. C. Chandrsekara
DG @ National Institute for Agriculture Marketing (NIAM)
15.00 – 15.30

Empowerment of Farmers through Filling Information, Input and Investment Gaps – Greenlife Model

15.30 – 16.00

Crop Management-driving Gene Potential for Profitability

Mr. Ramesh Mohale
Syngenta India Ltd
16.00 – 16.30

Climate Crisis: A Proposed Breeding Agenda from Dryland Farmers Perspective

Mr. Mans Lanting
CEO @ ETC Consultancy India Pvt Ltd
16.30 – 16.40

Tea/Coffee Break

16.40 – 17.30

Session 7: Valedictory Session

16.40 – 17.00

Conference report reading and recommendation

17.00 – 17.10

Closing Remarks from Delegates and Organizers

17.10 – 17.30

General Vote of Thanks & National Anthem

Why is this conference for you?

New Technologies

New Technologies that augment breeding strategies to deliver precise and speedier results (genomics, fast breeding tools, gene editing.

Nature to realize

Nurture to realize Nature’s potential - Agronomical interventions for improved productivity at small farmer level .


Addressing farm labour challenges - Automation suitable for small farmers.

Strengthen Your Skills

Address marketing challenges of the small farmer and Policy, Skill & Infrastructure development for a secure Agricultural future.

Focus Area

Gene Revolution for Biotic & Abiotic Stress resistances

Startup Dialogue

Technology Integration for Crop Improvement

Agro-technology and Farm Automation

Extension and Value Added Marketing

Meet Our Speakers


Krishi Nagar,Dharwad,Karnataka 580001, india

The conference will be organized at the University of Agricultural SciencesDharwad(UASD), a leading Institution imparting top quality education in major fields of agricultural sciencesand which has the rare distinction of developing and releasing several unique varieties/hybrids of cotton, sorghum, wheat and chillithat have contributed to the prosperity of the farmers of Karnataka and India.

Dharwad the cultural hub of North Karnataka well known for it`s classical (Hindustani)music legends has produced legendary Kannada writers and is known as VidyaKashi because of the two famous universities and several educational institutes of repute. Situated on the edge of Western Ghats the city known for its year round salubrious climate Dharwadis well connected with most of the major Indian cities by rail/road/air. Several eye-catchinglocales likeKelgerilake, Dudhsagar Falls,and deep,dense forests of Dandeli make Dharwarda unique destination for tourism. This city is also close to other touristic locations in Goa and Mysore.

Organising committee Know More

Organizing committee Foundation for Advanced Training in Plant Breeding – ATPBR

Dr. K.k Narayan


Co-Founder Director, ATPBR

Dr. M. Kachole


Co - Founder and Director - ATPBR

Dr. Surinder Tikoo

Chair -Program Committee

Co-Founder - Tierra Seed Science Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Aparna Tiwari


Co- Founder and Director - ATPBR


Dr. Sharan Angadi

(R&D Advisor- Ankur Seeds Pvt.Ltd)

Dr. G. Patil

Manager R&D -East West Seeds

Dr. A. K. Mishra

Co- Founder Director, ATPBR

Dr.C. Chaporkar

Advisor Mahyco

Dr. Krishna Prasad

Bredding Research Lead-Tierra Seeds Science Pvt. Ltd

Mr. V. Ravincahnadran

Progressive Farmer

Dr. Basavaraj M. Khadi

President, Institute of Studies on Agriculture & Rural Development

Mr. Sharad Deshpande

Managing Partner, Silvia Seeds Inc

Mr. R. Mallikarajun

Managing Partner- Atlas Seeds & Services

Dr. Manish Bhatnagar

R&D Head Enza Zaden India Pvt Ltd

Dr.CLL Gowda

Co-Founder of the GRSV Consulting Services

Dr. Ramesh S. Bhatt

Professor - UAS, Dharwad

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