12th November, 2014, Varanasi
A Model Training Course on Pesticide: Application Technology & Residue Management in Vegetable Crops, is being organized at Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi during 11-18 November 2014.
The Training Course was inaugurated by Dr. Janardan Singh, Former Dean, IAS, BHU in the presence of Dr. B. Singh, Director, ICAR-IIVR, Dr. A.B. Rai, Head (Crop Protection) & Course Director of MTC and other faculty members of the institute. The Director, IIVR informed that around 13-14 % of the pesticides used in the country are applied on vegetables. He further emphasized on indiscriminate and non-judicious use of pesticides by farmers leading to several problems such as resistance development in insects/pathogens and toxic hazards due to pesticide residues on the edible products. He urged the participants to create awareness among the farmers about the safe use of pesticides.
The training aims to provide an insight to state agricultural officials and functionaries about the advance techniques of pesticide application for managing pesticide residues to an acceptable/safe level. This is need of the hour, as misuse and overuse of pesticides due to lack of awareness and information has led to the contamination of food and environment. Pesticide residues as contaminant is of serious concern and need special attention as it affect not only the health and environment but trade also.
A total of 24 participants from 09 states are attending the MTC (04 from Kerala, 03 from Tamil Nadu, 03 from Madhya Pradesh, 02 from Chhattisgarh, 01 from Punjab, 03 from West Bengal, 03 from Assam, 02 from Odisha and 03 from Uttar Pradesh).
The training course is sponsored by Directorate of Extension, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, MoA, GOI
(Source: IIVR, Varanasi)