Training programme on “Biopesticides for nematode management in horticultural crops” at Vellore district, Tamil Nadu on 14.02.2017
An awareness cum training programme on “Biomanagement of nematode disease complex in banana” was conducted by ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru at Kammasamudhram village, Vellore District in coordination with Agricultural Research Station & Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Virinjipuram, Vellore district and Thondaimanadalam Farmers Producer Company, Vellore district, Tamil Nadu on 14th February, 2017 under the project funded by DST, New Delhi (PI- Dr. M. S. Rao). About 120 farmers, NGOs and SHGs participated in the training programme.
At the outset, Shri. Kumaran, Director, Thondaimandalam Farmers Producer Company welcomed all the participants and highlighted the economic loss due to damage caused by nematode and panama wilt disease complex encountered in Vellore district in banana and the need for eco-friendly solutions to mitigate the problem. Dr. Joshua, Professor & Head, KVK, Virinjipuram and Dr. Sendhilvel, Asst. Professor (Pathology) delivered special addresses on the crop production and plant protection technologies, respectively. Following that, Dr. R. Umamaheswari, Scientist, Division of Entomology & Nematology, ICAR - IIHR explained the symptoms and losses due to nematode damage and the strategies to mitigate the nematode problems sustainably through IIHR bio-pesticides.
Shri S.K. Singh, Asst. Director of Agriculture (Kaniyambadi), State Dept. of Agriculture, Vellore Dt. and Shri. K. Ganeshan, Manager, Canara Bank, Vellore also delivered special lectures on various schemes available under Centre and State governments for the benefit of farmers. Dr. Pandiyan, Professor and Head, Agricultural Research Station, Virinjipuram gave the Presidential address and elaborated on the major plant protection problems faced by the farmers in banana, tuberose, crossandra and emphasized the importance of biopesticides for eco-friendly management. He also created awareness of new varieties available at ARS & KVK, Virinjipuram and ICAR-IIHR for various agri-horticultural crops for the benefit of farmers. Shri S. Ramesh, Shri. S. Shivaji, Asst. Horticulture Officers, State Dept. of Horticulture, Vellore Dt were also involved in the programme.
Farmers from various taluks of Vellore District interacted with the IIHR and KVK scientists and cleared their queries on plant protection problems. Later, Pochonia chlamydosporia, Pseudomonas fluorescens and Trichoderma viride formulations were distributed to the farmers. A demonstration was also conducted for enrichment of vermicompost + neem cake with biopesticides and its application in wilt affected banana and papaya fields. Biopesticide enriched neem cake and vermicompost mixture was distributed to twenty progressive farmers for production of disease free seedlings under shade net conditions.
Updated on 16.02.2017