Farmer’s Training-cum-Exposure Programme Organised

21st February 2014, Lucknow

National Centre for Integrated Pest Management (NCIPM), New Delhi; KVK-II, Katia, Sitapur; CSSRI, RRS, Lucknow and CISH, Lucknow organized one day farmers training-cum-exposure programme under the research project ‘Impact Assessment of Pesticides on Environment Using EIQ Tool Under Rice Cropping System’with a theme ‘New perspective of rice IPM for safer environment’ at CISH, Lucknow on 21st February, 2014.

Dr. A.K. Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zone –IV inaugurated the program. Dr. Singh flagged the role of farmer’s field schools in the success of the program. He appreciated this program and emphasized upon the need of such IPM programs for rice crops for more number of villages and at other KVKs. Dr. Singh also released four publications, prepared by the project scientists, for benefit of the farmers.

Dr.Sumitra Arora, Principal Scientist and PI of the project, NCIPM outlined the research activities for impact assessment of IPM interventions and exposure of chemical pesticides to physical and biological environment includingsoil, water and crop health in rice cropping system.

Dr. MukeshSehgal, Principal Scientist and Co-PI of the project, NCIPM briefed about the training-cum-exposure programme and various IPM research activities carried at farmer’s field at Sitapur.

Dr. Anand Singh, Programme Co-ordinator, KVK-II, Katia, Sitapur presented progress report of the research activities carried out at KVK-II, Sitapur.

Dr. V.K. Mishra, Head and Dr. Y.P. Singh, Principal scientist, CSSRI, RRS, Lucknow informed about the rice varieties, resistant to sodic soils and Dr. Sanjay Arora, Senior Scientist, CSSRI, RRS, Lucknow project collaborator, emphasized importance of nutrients in soil for rice crop.

Dr. Anup Bhattacharjee, Senior Scientist, CISH, Lucknow and Dr. H. Ravindra, Head, Nematology, University of Agriculture and Horticulture Science, Shimoga, Karnataka also shared their experiences in IPM rice cultivation.

A brief visit was also organized at CISH farms, where a group of 36 farmers of Sitapur district were exposed to recent technologies developed by the Institute. The farmers also visited CSSRI, RRS, Lucknow laboratories to get exposure for soil sampling methods and analysis tools.

Dr. Sumitra Arora, NCIPM proposed the vote of thanks.

(Source: Krishi Vigyan Kendra- II, Sitapur)