9-11 November 2017, Thrissur
Second Group Meeting of All India Network Project on Vertebrate Pest Management was organized at Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), Thrissur.
Dr P.K. Chakrabarty, Assistant Director General (Plant Protection & Biosafety), ICAR, in his inaugural address urged that the technologies developed by the Project should be documented and disseminated for their implementation. He emphasized on need for immediate transfer of viable technologies for Vertebrate Pest Management to field application. He said that despite encouraging results, especially with the bioacoustics equipment for management of higher vertebrates the AINP needs to strengthen its R&D activities on higher vertebrates.
Dr. D.B. Ahuja, Director, ICAR-National Centre for Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi, Guest of Honor, appreciated the efforts of the Project in providing effective technologies for management of rodents and depredatory birds and highlighted various researchable and social issues while dealing with higher vertebrates like monkeys and blue bull.
Dr Mrs Indira Devi, Director Research, KAU, Thrissur, Guest of Honor, in her address deliberated mainly on various issues particularly about the legal issues in evolving technologies for management of vertebrates pests, especially higher vertebrates and stressed upon the integration of various control techniques.
Dr R.S. Tripathi, Network Coordinator briefed on significant achievements of the Project and outlined future lines of research in view of the changing scenario.
Four technical bulletins and eight extension folders were also released by the dignitaries.
Progress of research was presented by all the centers during various technical sessions
In the Plenary Session recommendations emanating out of the achievements and future technical programmes were finalized.
(Source: Network Coordinator, AINP on Vertebrate Pest Management, ICAR-CAZRI, Jodhpur)