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NIPHM Organizes 3 Days Interactive Workshop on Early Warning and Monitoring of Fall Armyworm in India

National institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM), Hyderabad in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Directorate of Plant Protection Quarantine and Storage (DPPQ&S) and ICAR- Indian Institute of Maize Research (IIMR) conducted 3 days National Interactive Workshop on “Time-critical measures to support early warning, monitoring and sustainable management of Fall Armyworm in India” from 21 to 23 Dec at NIPHM.

About 42 scientists from different parts of the country participated in the workshop. The programme was inaugurated by Mr.Tomio Shichiri, FAO Representative India and Dr. Sagar Hanuman Singh, Director General, NIPHM.

Elaborative discussions were held through resource persons on monitoring, surveillance and early-warning systems for management of Fall Armyworm (FAW) in maize,Farmer Field School (FFS) concepts, natural enemies of FAW, role of biopesticides and on-farm production protocols of predators and parasitoids for the management of FAW.

Along with the technical sessions the participants were given exposure to biocontrol laboratories of NIPHM and also in-depth knowledge was imparted on Agroecosystem Analysis (AESA) and landscape management for control of FAW.

Also an FFS on sustainable management of FAW was organized for the farmers from Rangareddy District of Telangana followed by field visit, video presentation on use of FAWMES app for FAW management and interactive session with all the participants.

The valedictory program was organized on 22nd December, 2021 to the participants for interactive workshop and on 23rd December, 2021 for the farmers who attended FFS training.

The workshop provided resources to agricultural scientists and agricultural field level officers about tools to conduct pest surveillance, monitoring of FAW population in maize crop which will in-turn help them in taking prudent decision for taking pesticide application and other interventions to control the population of FAW.

The farmers were also shown the on-farm production technologies of natural enemies which will help them in production of biocontrol agents on their own farm and reduce the use of chemical pesticides and reduce the economic loses and their side effects on environment.


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