MINUTES OF THE ICRA-EC SPECIAL MEETING
8.00 to 10.00 AM Eastern Time, 8 January 2021
A special online meeting of the ICRA Executive Committee was held at 8.00 to 10.00 AM on 8 January 2021.
At the outset, the chair and the ICRA EC members unanimously recorded their deep gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Michel Fok for his commendable contributions and leadership as Chair of ICRA from 2016 to 2020.
The following decisions were taken by majority vote
- Postponed the election of new EC members to the next WCRC-7.
- The current Executive Committee will continue until the WCRC-7 with Dr. Mohamed Negm as the Chair
- Eric Hequet has been unanimously elected as the vice-Chair.
- Elections will be held at the General Body meeting to be convened at the WCRC-7
- The ICRA newsletter will be renamed as ‘Cotton Innovations’
- The newsletter will be published at monthly intervals
- ICRA-EC members will take turns to act as editors of ‘Cotton Innovations’
- Mike McCue, Communications Director, ICAC will be requested to be the chief Editor
- Kai Hughes will be requested for permission of ICAC support (chief Editor, design and layout)
- The ICRA Secretariat will circulate the newsletter and solicit feedback from ICRA members
Issue 4 of GOSSyP is now available
07 October 2019 has been announced as World Cotton Day by WTO. Cotton community will celebrate this day across the globe. The WTO Secretariat is organizing the event at WTO Headquarters Geneva in collaboration with the Secretariats of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). This event stems from the Cotton-4’s official application for the recognition of a World Cotton Day by the United Nations General Assembly, reflecting the importance of cotton as a global commodity.
The administrative control of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) has been shifted from Ministry of Commerce and Textile to the Ministry of National Food Security and Research. The decision is taken by the Government keeping in view the suggestions made by a high level review committee. The decision is hoped to favorably impact cotton research and development activities at national level.
A total of 7 delegates from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Benin will be visiting Pakistan from April 22 to May 05, 2018. During the stay in Pakistan delegates will make exposure visits of different cotton research Institutions, textile and garment industry and academic institutions at Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan. A full day is reserved for Pakistan Central Cotton Committee and Central Cotton Research Institute at Multan. The visit will be coordinated by Dr. Khalid Abdullah Cotton Commissioner and Vice President PCCC.
The training is offered by Government of Pakistan under the “Technical Assistance Program for C-4 Countries”
Proceedings are available
The Seventh Meeting of the Asian Cotton Research and Development Network was held at Nagpur, India during 15-17 September 2017. The Indian Society for Cotton Improvement (ISCI), Mumbai hosted the meeting together with the ICAR-CICR (Central Institute for Cotton Research), Nagpur and ICAR-CIRCOT (Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technologies).
The main theme of the meeting was “PRODUCING QUALITY FIBRE & DOUBLING COTTON FARMERS INCOME.” Cotton researchers from public and the private sector participated. Dr. C.D. Mayee, President, Indian Society for Cotton Improvement, was the Chairman of the Organizing Committee. The meeting elected Dr. Prashant G. Patil as Chairman of the Network until the next meeting. Eminent cotton experts like Dr. Timorthy Dennehy, Dr Judith Brown, Dr Albert Santos from US; Dr Derek Russell from Australia; Dr Negm from Egypt and several senior research leaders from India and Bangladesh attended the meeting.
The proceedings, recommendations, presentations and abstracts of the meeting are now available at the ICAC website.
Signature Ceremony in Multan
The MOU between ICRA and PCCC has been signed on October 9, 2017, in Multan, in the framework of a ceremony organized by PCCC to which attended around thirty participants coming from research institutes and agricultural universities.
Dr. Michel FOK, ICRA Chair visited Pakistan from 09-12.10.2017 for the MOU signing ceremony. PCCC has nominated Dr. Fiaz Ahmad, Senior Scientist of Central Cotton Research Institute, to serve as Secretary, assisted by Mr. Zahid Khan.
Dr. FOK visited cotton trials at Research Institutes, Research Labs, two agricultural Universities of Multan. He visited cotton fields of two Progressive farmers in the surroundings of Multan. He gave two lectures about the concept of climate smart agriculture and the Chinese experience in using Bt-cotton.
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