Fourth International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park

Qureshi, P. M. S. (Chair), Wynn, P. (Member of programme committee), Sahibzada, S. (Member of programme committee), MIthat Direk (Participant), Melissa Finley (Member of programme committee), Waleed Joyan (Member of programme committee)

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The 4th International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park was held on November 1st to 5th, 2017 at Selçuk University- Konya, Turkey. The Conference was organized jointly by the Mayor Konya Municipality, Konya Turkey, Selcuk University Konya, Konya Teknokent, Dairy Science Park Society Peshawar, Women University Mardan, University of Agriculture Peshawar, Baluchistan University Quetta and Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Prof M Subhan organized the Conference as Chief Patron DSP and Dr Mithat Direk assisted as Turkish counterpart.

The event was continuation of the series held during November 2011, 2013 and 2015 at Peshawar, Pakistan. The three conferences focused on rehabilitation of the post-flood Dairy Sector; Halal meat export potential of the Region and entrepreneurship-based hygienic food production respectively. The fourth event of the series was held with the theme “Achieving Food Security through Entrepreneurship Development and Biorisk Management (BRM)”.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Special Assistant to Chief Minister, Arif Yousaf said, “The scientists in Pakistan and Turkey will work to together to organize such conferences and high level concultation for establshment of technology centers in the future. He was addressing the Fourth International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park in Konya, Turkey. I would like to thank especially Konya Metropolitan Municipality and Selçuk University for organizing the conference. The conference has attracted participation from 20 countries, inluding Turkey, Pakistan, Australia, China, Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, Mongolia, Nigeria, Sudan, Bosnia, Gambia, etc. Mr Arif Yousaf assured support of the Government of Pakistan to suppor TechnoPark Mardan and TechnoPark Quetta, for generating enterprenureship and brining quality standards in the food value chain in the two provinces.

Süleyman Demirel Cultural Center hosted the opening session of the conference. Dr. Mustafa Şahin, Rector Selcuk University stated that the universities are very important institutions for the development of the countries and the universities are places where the future of the countries is planned and younger generations are trained to build the countries. Recognizing the support of the Mayor Konya Metropolitan Municipality for organizing the event, Dr. Sahin, referred to the conference theme as entrepreneurship in food value chain, to be shared by participants from different areas, with diversified ideas and experiences which must be appreciated. Each country is having its own experience and the recommendations may be very useful.

“Konya is the source of agriculture in Turkey”, Mr. Abdülmelik Ötegen, Deputy Mayor Konya Metropolitan Municipality, emphasized on the significance of such a meeting being held in Konya, saying that the future of humanity is directly related to agriculture and that the source of agriculture in Turkey is Konya in a sense. Ötegen mentioned the achievements made in agriculture by Metropolitan Municipality, “I believe that we will get positive results in the direction of the participants’ declarations. We desire all these efforts to produce healthy results. Because all these reports and meetings highlighting problems such as agriculture and food safety and the inadequacy of food insufficiency are very important for our country and for the future of the world, High level officials of various Turkish organizations attended the inaugural session, including Ihsan Bostanci, Chairman of Regional Development Administration of Konya Project (KOP), Fatih Özdemir, Director of Bahri Dağdaş International Agricultural Research Institute, academicians and other agricultural stakeholders participated.
Period01 Nov 201705 Nov 2017
Event typeConference
Conference number4
LocationKonya, Turkey
Degree of RecognitionInternational