1990 Nicosia (ZYP) 10th World Fertilizer Congress

 Despite this negative tendency of fertilizer industries in Europe, CIEC succeeded to organize the 10th World Congress in 1990, in Nicosia, with a co-operant support given by Agricultural Research Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources of Cyprus. President of the Congress was Dr. C. S. Serghiu and Secretary General Dr. I. Papadopouluos. About 350 delegates from 51 countries attended, presenting 125 papers as oral or poster contributions, focused on the Congress theme "Efficient fertilization, manuring and irrigation for improving yield, food quality and renewable resources". The Congress was once again a memorable success.

A very unfavorable period followed for CIEC, due to the sudden death of CIEC's long standing President -‐ Prof. Dr. Dj Jelenic (1991), replaced by Prof. E. Welte as President interim, the outbreak of the civil war in Yugoslavia (1992) and the confiscation of the general Secretariat's bank accounts by the official government of former Yugoslavia in Belgrade.

The  organization  has  entered  under  more  favorable  auspices  at  the  19th   General Assembly, held in Vienna, on June 1996, where the author of this presentation dedicated to 80 years CIEC history, was elected as the new CIEC President. Prof. E. Welte was elected as Honorary President and 28 new scientists and professional staff, as members of the CIEC Presidium.

CIEC has launched its new objectives, mainly the achievement of a well-‐balanced plant nutrition and soil fertility improvement, under the new concept of sustainable development. In view of the challenge caused by the growing world demand for more food, required by an increasing population and by the hunger and malnutrition in some developing countries, "Fertilizer Science" becomes again a fundamental field to work out suitable and adequate measure for both optimum plant nutrition and a compensation of nutrient mining from the soil. 

Such a challenge required a new protocol of CIEC, part of which has been built not only on a staff renewal, but also on infrastructural changes, as those created at the 19th General Assembly in Vienna.


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