About XVI Agricultural Science Congress

The XVI Agricultural Science Congress is being organized by the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS). The Congress will be hosted by the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi from 10 to 13th October 2023 in offline mode. The venue of the congress is Hotel Le Méridien, Kochi, Kerala. The President, NAAS, New Delhi, cordially invites you to attend the Congress and actively participate in the deliberations.

The theme of the Congress is "Transformation of Agri-Food Systems for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals". With the increasing demand for food, degrading environmental conditions, and looming climate change challenges, it becomes imperative that we transform our agri-food systems into sustainable enterprises to facilitate its benefits to be just, equitable and last for generations to come. The Congress aims to bring together leading academicians, researchers, research scholars, students, farmers, entrepreneurs, etc. to exchange and share their research findings, ideas and experiences..

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Major Events

Plenary, Special and Invited Lectures by Eminent Scientists

Technical Sessions on Thematic Areas

Symposium and Panel Discussions

Poster presentations

Interaction with Farmers and Industry

Student Activities

Agri Expo

NAAS Business Meeting


Ensuring Food & Nutritional Security: Production, consumption and value addition
Climate action for sustainable agri-food systems
Frontier Science and emerging genetic technologies: Genome breeding, Gene Editing
Livestock-based Transformation of Food Systems
Horticulture-based Transformation of Food Systems
Aquaculture & Fisheries-based Transformation of Food Systems
Nature-based solutions for Sustainable Agri-food Systems
Next Generation Technologies: Digital agriculture, precision farming and AI-based systems
Policies and Institutions for Transforming Agri-food Systems
International Partnership for research, education and development

Panel Discussion

Quality Education in Transforming Agri-food Systems

Innovations in Information Dissemination

Farming systems for enhancing nutrition and sustainability


Coastal Agriculture: Livelihood and Sustainability

IYM 2023: Mainstreaming Millets

Repurposing agriculture for achieving SDGs

Youth and Gender Equity for Meeting the SDGs

Inter-university student elocution contest

A student elocution contest on a topic of contemporary relevance will be organized. Participants from state Agricultural Universities/Deemed to be Agricultural Universities/Central Agricultural Universities can apply for the contest.

ASC Agri Expo 2023

ASC Agri Expo 2023 will an important event at the Congress as more than 1500 delegates, large number of Farmers and local public are expected to visit the exhibition. It will provide public and private sector agricultural research Institutes/Universities, Agro-industries, Extension agencies, NGOs to showcase their innovative technologies.

Cultural programes

Cultural evening has been planned on the day of inauguration to display the best of the diverse performing / fine arts of the country

Important Dates

01 March 2023

01 April 2023

30 June 2023

31 July 2023

31 August 2023

About NAAS

The National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), established on 5th June 1990, serves as a unique think tank and an important forum for harnessing science to enhance productivity, profitability, equity, and sustainability of Indian agriculture. The Academy has since emerged as a vibrant organization devoted to promoting agricultural research, education, knowledge pool, national and international partnerships, and science-society interface towards transforming agriculture and the related policies leading to comprehensive food, nutrition, livelihood, and ecology-secured and climate-smart India. Its mission is to promote excellence in science, act as a credible think tank of the scientific community and provide science-based inputs for policy options for vibrant agriculture.

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