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Report on 8th ACPA (Ludhiana, India)

The 8th Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Agriculture (ACPA) was successfully held in Ludhiana, India from October 14 to 17th, 2019. A large number of ISPA members were present and many ISPA Board members delivered keynote presentations (including founding ISPA President, Raj Khosla, President-Elect Jess Lowenberg-Deboer, Past-President Nicolas Tremblay and former Secretary Viacheslav Adamchuk).

High-level presentations, at the edge of precision agriculture science were offered. The setting was perfect for networking and interactions. The 8th ACPA was a place to realize how much precision agriculture is a dynamic sector, but also how much it has evolved in the recent years, in line with the recently disclosed “ISPA PA definition.” The opportunities around artificial intelligence and small holders were particularly obvious. The trade show, the poster exhibited and the visit of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) with field demonstrations were greatly appreciated. They expressed clearly the commitment of India for Precision Agriculture and the cleverness the country has shown in mastering and adapting the approach and technologies for its reality.

About 215 academia and 15 industry representatives from Canada, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, US, Europe, parts of Africa, and India were registered to the meeting, despite complications around visa applications and the onset of a typhoon in the region. A remarkable level of sponsorship and financial support from key industrial and governmental partners in India could be witnessed, which tells a lot about the dynamism and the outlook for the whole sector.

The ISPA Board would like to commend the whole 8th ACPA organization, particularly Professor Manjeet Singh, Organizing Secretary, from the Punjab Agricultural University (Ludhiana, Punjab) and Professor Indra Mani, president of the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (New Delhi, India). They have led to a great achievement and have maintained strong links with the ISPA during the process.

The ACPA was held since 2005 in Japan, Korea, China, New Zealand and now in India. The next conferences will be organized in Indonesia (2021) and Malaysia (2023).
 

8th Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Agriculture

Oct 15, 2019 to Oct 17, 2019
Preliminary notice was given that the next ACPA, ACPA 2019 will be held at the Punjab Agricultural University between October 15 and 17th 2019. The contact person for the conference is Dr Manjeet Singh, manjeetsingh_03@pau.edu
 
Conference Website: http://8acpa.org.in/index.php
 
IMPORTANT DEADLINES
01 SEPTEMBER 2018 - First Call for Abstracts
01 OCTOBER 2018 - Online Registration opens
31 JANUARY 2019 - Deadline for Abstract Submissions
30 MARCH 2019 - Abstracts reviewed and acceptance letters sent
01 JUNE 2019 -Deadline for full paper submissions
01 JULY 2019 - Early registration discount ends (Register by this date for lower registration fee)

Conference History

 
Year
Location
8th ACPA - 2019 Ludhiana, India
7th ACPA - 2017 Hamilton, New Zealand
6th ACPA - 2015 Guangzhou, China
5th ACPA - 2013 Jeju, South Korea
4th ACPA - 2011 Obihiri, Japan
3rd ACPA - 2009 Bejing, China
2nd ACPA - 2007 Pyeongtaek, Korea
1st ACPA - 2005 Toyohashi, Japan