ASTEC National Children's Science Congress
State Level Children's Science Congress, Assam
A programme of NCSTC, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
CSC Assam
State organiser:
Assam Science Technology and Environment Council

Food and Agriculture

Food, one of the basic needs of living being, acts as a source of energy for all organisms. Adequate development of a country cannot be achieved unless it has sustainability in food production and conservation practices. Agriculture, including its allied sectors viz. animal husbandry, pisciculture etc., is the sole provider of food for human beings. Although successful in attaining food and nutrition security, the Indian agriculture sector is also crippled with the problems of environmental pollution, health hazard etc. So, while keeping pace with the rising food demand, the issue of sustainability should not be forgotten. Sustainable agriculture, in brief, is environment friendly, technically appropriate, economically viable and socially acceptable.

The economy of Assam is fundamentally based on agriculture. Soil acidity, erosion, imbalanced nutrition, low cropping intensity, water scarcity during winter are the major problems in the state’s agricultural sector along with the recurrent problems of periodical flood or drought. Through this sub-theme, children can be made aware on issues like food availability, quality, nutrition deficiency and management, production techniques and their impacts and sensitivity towards climate change, indigenous food resources and their exploration, alternative land use planning, important for a sustainable agricultural system etc..

Project Ideas:
Local food habits , Local agro biodiversity, Traditional Crop production systems, High Yielding Variety (HYV) and sustainability, Stress (biotic/abiotic) resistant and tolerant varieties/crops, Rain Water Harvesting for irrigation, Drip irrigation, Off season cultivation, Mulching for soil and water conservation, Local fruits as nutrition source, Community wetland management for pisciculture, Transport and supply system, Local agro-forestry systems, Multi Purpose Tree Species, Alternative nutritional sources for disaster conditions, Potential of local animal breeds, Indigenous post harvest processing techniques, Innovative crop production technology for landless people etc.

Supported and Catalysed by
National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC)
Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi 110 016
This programme is also supported by
Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of Assam