In June/July 1999, ICAC organized a regional consultation on insecticide resistance management in cotton at the Central Cotton Research Institute, Multan, Pakistan. Delegates from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China (Mainland), India, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Vietnam in addition to participants from Australia, CIRAD-CA, France, United Kingdom and the USA attended the Consultation. Participants decided to form the Asian Cotton Research and Development Network and elected Dr. Zahoor Ahmad of Pakistan as its first Chairman and Dr. L. S. Randhawa of India as its Vice Chairman.
The Second Meeting of the Asian Cotton Research and Development Network was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from November 14-16, 2002. The overall theme of the meeting was "New Genetical Approaches to Crop Improvement." Delegates from China (Mainland), India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and ICAC Secretariat attended the meeting. The meeting elected Dr. Abdusattor Abdukarimov of the Institute of Genetics and Plant Experimental Biology (IGPEB) of Uzbekistan
as Chairman and Dr. C. D. Mayee of India as the Vice Chairman of the Network to serve until the third meeting to be held in India in 2004. Proceedings on the meeting are available from the ICAC.
The Third Meeting of the Asian Cotton Research and Development Network in conjunction with final workshop of the ICAC’ Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) funded project Sustainable Control of the Cotton Bollworm Helicoverpa armigera in Small-Scale Cotton Production Systems (CFC/ICAC 14) was held at Nagpur, India from June 27-29, 2005. The Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research hosted the meeting. Delegates from Bangladesh, China (Mainland), Pakistan, Vietnam, UK, USA, Uzbekistan, CFC, ICAC and a large number of Indian participants from the public and private sector attended the meeting. The meeting noted the emerging problem of pink bollworm in India and decided to designate a lead researcher to review the pink bollworm situation in the region where China (Mainland) and Pakistan have already done a lot of work on this pest. The meeting decided to continue holding the meetings every two years and elected Dr. B. M. Khadi of India as the new Chairman of the network.
Fourth Meeting, Henan, China. September, 2008
Fifth Meeting, Lahore, Pakistan. February, 2011
The Cotton Research Institute, Faisalabad, Government of the Punjab, Pakistan hosted the 5th Meeting of the Asian Cotton Research & Development Network at Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore, Pakistan from February 23-25, 2011. The Department of Agriculture of the Government of the Punjab, Pakistan, International Cotton Advisory Committee, FAO Sub Regional for Central Asia and CABI South Asia, Pakistan in addition to a large number of private sector companies sponsored the meeting. Cotton Researchers from the public and private sectors were invited to attend. Dr. Noor-ul-Islam was elected Chairman of the Network until the next meeting to be held in three years.
Chairman, Asian Cotton Research & Development Network
Director General Agriculture (Research)
Ayub Agricultural Research Institute
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