Author: Ron van der Ploeg
AHVAZ, Iran: The Iranian Society for Ornamental Plants (ISOP), the Ornamental Plants Research Centre (OPRC) and Iran’s Ministry of Agriculture are pleased to announce the 3rd International Congress and 4th National Congress on Ornamental Horticulture, to take place in Ahvaz, Iran between 26-28 January 2021. For the first time, organisers will take the event online.
ISOP President Pejman Azadi will kick off the event with his thoughts about ornamental horticulture in Iran.
In addition, the conference agenda includes presentations from respected leaders from within the global ornamental horticulture industry. Those scheduled to appear are:
Stefania De Pascual, Professor of Horticulture at Napels University
Yoshikazu Tanaka, senior General Manager at Suntory Holdings Ltd Japan, will share his vision on the development and commercialisation of colour modified flowers with the help of genetic engineering.
Simon Ogrizek, President of the International Florist Organisation Florint.
Tim Briercliffe,, Secretary-General of the International Association of Horticultural Producers AIPH.
Hans Smolders, Agricultural Counselor for Iran and Iraq, working at the Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands in Tehran.
Johan Van Huylenbroeck from the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO).
Pim van Adrichem (HortiTech) will discuss horticulture knowledge sharing and training.
The three-day event aims to develop, promote and share knowledge and expand communication between national and international experts and researchers in the field of flowers and plants. The Congress will encourage applied research to help solve national problems in ornamental plants production and trade. The organisers believe the scientific congress will play a prominent role in harmonising activities in academic research and professional production of ornamentals.
Iran is in the arid zone, some 65 per cent of its territory has an arid or hyper-arid climate. Roughly, 12 per cent of Iran’s land is cultivable with the western and northwestern portions of the country having the most fertile soil and the highest potential for production of ornamentals.
Open-field growing of cut flower crops is practiced mostly in Mazandaran, Markazi, Tehran, Khuzestan, Alborz and Fars provinces. Recently, commercial flower growing has expanded into some of the nation’s other 31 provinces. The provinces of Tehran, Markazi, Khuzestan, Mazandaran, Alborz and Isfahan host the largest concentration of greenhouses in Iran.
Currently there are an estimated 10,000 flower and plant nurseries in Iran with approximately 3,500 hectares in outdoor production and 2,200 hectares under protection (95 per cent plastic tunnels and 5 per cent glasshouses).
In Iran’s ornamental horticulture, greenhouses produce three main product groups: fresh cut flowers (1800ha), potted plants (300ha) and young plants (100ha).
On behalf of the organizing committee, Dr. Pejman Azadi kindly invites industry professionals with a keen interest in Iran’s ornamental sector to participate.
ISOP and FloraCulture International (FC) magazine have been forging long term partnerships since 2015 when ISOP became one of the magazine’s many trusted international partners.
For more information about the congress visit: http://www.isopcongress.ir/en//
Contact ISOP President Pejman [email protected] to secure your place at the congress.