Organization: University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, Karanatka, India
Work Experience: I have served 16 years as extension scientist for transfer of technology in horticulture crops, mainly tropical and subtropical fruits like mango, citrus, pomegranate, papaya, guava, fig through organising demonstration, training, workshops, group meetings, field days to farmers, state departmental officials, rural youths and farmwomen and also involved in teaching for undergraduates and post graduates students, guiding postgraduate students as a chairman and member of advisory committee to conduct the research.
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Organization: Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya
Work Experience: Prof. (Dr) A. Zaman specializes in Agricultural Water Management for enhancing crop and water productivity as an Agronomist and presently acting as Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, BCKVand Professor of Agronomy in Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya [SAU], West Bengal, India. Prof Zaman, former Director of Research, and former Chief Scientist (Water Management) of the same university; Prof. Zaman successfully guided 7 (seven) Ph D students towards their doctoral degree programme and more than 50 (fifty) M. Sc. (Ag) students in his career credentials; He was Head, Irrigation Expatriate Team, Government of Uganda, East Africa for 2-year period (1994-1996) being deputed by the Government of India. He has coordinated and associated with post-graduate teaching programme at the University and has significant research experiences in field of water management and in academia. Prof. Zaman also assigned IFFCO Chair Professor of West Bengal.
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Organization: Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC)
Work Experience: Mehdi completed his BSc in agriculture with a specialisation in Horticulture in 2004 from Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Pakistan and an MSc in 2006, from the Institute of Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan. After completing his masters he was appointed as a Horticulture Officer in a project related to Establishing a Cold Chain System under National Trade Corridor Improvement, which was funded by Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Board. In May, 2007, he joined the Department of Horticulture, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Pakistan as a Lecturer in Horticulture. In March, 2009 he was offered a scholarship for PhD studies which was funded by the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) Malaysia through the School of Biosciences, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He completed his PhD publishing more than 10 research papers in leading international journals which include Postharvest Biology and Technology, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Crop Protection, Journal of Applied Microbiology and Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology. Since last 7 years, Mehdi has been involved in developing strategies toward gaining a better understanding of the postharvest factors that play an important role in extending the shelf-life and maintaining fruit quality of fresh horticultural produce during and after storage with the main emphasis to develop some techniques to overcome the problems of fresh fruit industry.
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Organization: Tennessee State University
Work Experience: His research explores the factors that control the bioavailability of macro and micro nutrients in relation to uptake, translocation, accumulation and partitioning in plants at various stages of plant growth and development. The emphasis of the applied and fundamental research program includes formulating organic as well as inorganic nutrient regimes that are specific to a particular fruit crop. Development of these nutritional regimes will provide information needed for the whole plant management system to establish cultural practices specific to local environment, resulting in a shorter production period and improvement in the value added properties of tropical fruits. Nutritional disorder is one of the factors that contribute to poor quality plants and loss of yields. Accurate diagnosis of nutritional problems at an early stage is vital. Dr. Pitchay has a background in physiology of plant nutrition and fertility management with a unique technical expertise in diagnosing crop disorders based on visual symptoms and recommendations to overcome the disorders.
Organization: Tropical Research Institute (IICT, IP) – Portugal
Agricultural RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT (R4D); FOOD AND NUTRITIONAL SECURITY AND SAFETY (hunger and “hidden hunger”); COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH with CPLP countries
- Postharvest biology and technology: fruit ripening, quality and storage
- Domestication and exploitation of native tropical fruits towards food security, nutrition and health
- Molecular, biochemical and enzymatic modifications of the plant cell wall, with agronomic/industrial relevance
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Title: Sr. Director, Research & Development
Organization: Del Monte Fresh Produce Company
Description: My expertise is in plant biotechnology, management of research and development internationally, pineapple breeding for disease resistance and fruit qualities, produce postharvest shelf life extension, and food safety/microbiology, securing intellectual properties, advising management for licensing key technologies and assets, and laboratory construction. Also knowledgeable on melon breeding and development of new varieties of grapes, peaches and nectarines.
Organization: Free lance
Work Experience: Currently providing consultancy and advisory services on issues related to good agricultural practice, food safety and global access. Has more than 38 years of experience dealing with horticultural, industrial and floricultural crops since 1973. Has been actively involved in development of national agricultural standards and legislation on plant variety protection.
Title: Secretary General
Work Experience: I lead a Private sector organisation that regroups producers and exporters of tropical horticultural products. Most of the activities consist of policy dialogue with government on production and trade issues including trade negotiations for market access, intellectual property rights, Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues, technical Barriers to Trade, finding clients, and carry export promotion.
Title: Associate Professor
Organization: Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Work Experience: Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Network Management including the promotional and marketing aspects involved in each categorisation from planning and design, implementation, monitoring and control of specific modular speciality.
Title: Profesional Support
- Socioeconomic inspection of agricultural productive projects (Oct-Dec 2009).
- Evaluation of agricultural productive projects (Sep-Oct 2009).
- Professional of Support Prospective Study to define the Prospective Agenda of Research and Technological development for:
1) Food Security Productive chain. (01Jan 2009-28 Feb 2009).
2) Yellow potato productive chain. Contract CON-F-039/07. (01Dec 2007-30 Nov 2008).
3) Cocoa-Chocolate productive chain CON-F-010/06 and F-12/07.