The 21st Japanese Society of Goat Science (JSGS) Meeting on Goat Pro-duction and Management was about to be canceled due to the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, thanks to the passion and dedication of organizers to make it happen, this annual meeting was held as a web-based meeting on March 25, 2020. All the changes from ordinal face to face meetings to virtual meetings had to happen very quickly. We would like to thank all the members who participated.
At present, Japanese agricultural policy and social situations are facing major changes. There is an emerging sense of crisis in the direction that has been pursued only for efficiency. Instead, maintaining and revitalizing forgotten mountainous areas have become a major issue. Moreover, the desire for agricultural education and healing people in urban areas has been also increased. Consequently, the use of goats is once again receiving attention.
Written by Yoko Tsukahara, IGA Board member
The Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG2018) was held at Amity University, Rajasthan, Jaipur, India on Oct. 22-26, 2018. The theme entitled “Current Challenges in Goat Industry and the Strategies to Combat in Asia Region.” A total of 287 researchers, professors, and producers from 14 countries including, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Hungary, Japan, Mongolia, Spain, and the USA attended the meeting. The scientific program included keynote addresses, expert talks, oral and poster presentations, and brainstorming and valedictory sessions. The participants enjoyed a warm traditional welcome during the technical tour at the Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute which produces and conducts research on pure Sirohi goats, varieties of sheep and rabbit breeds, veterinary medical plants, and so on.
The 18th Japan National Summit, entitled “Ecological Life and Agriculture with Goats,” took place on November 12-13, 2016 in Aso, Kumamoto. The Aso area was severely damaged by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake with a magnitude 6.2 foreshock on April 14 followed by a magnitude 7.0 main-shock on April 15, which killed more than 50 people and evacuated 44,000.
The organizers faced difficulties in implementation of the Summit this year; however, they decided to make the Summit as a symbol of recovery. With their strong tie and efforts, the Summit was successfully conducted. Despite harsh accessibility due to reconstruction and damaged roads, the Summit welcomed more than 280 participants from all over the country.
The 18th JSGS Meeting
The 18th Japanese Society of Goat Science (JSGS) Meeting will take place on March 27, 2017 at the Faculty of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan.
Registration for presenters ends February 28, 2017; please submit your
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