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Field Day on “Effect of Bacillus spp. Bio-Pesticides in Management of Nematodes in tomato and Chilli (Anaheim type)” - 08.12.2014

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A field day on “Effect of Bacillus spp. Bio-Pesticides in Management of Nematodes in tomato and Chilli (Anaheim type)” was held at Thammarsanahalli village, Bengaluru, Karnataka on Dec 8th 2014. The programme was conducted by Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru under the Chairmanship of Dr. T. M. Rao, Director I.I.H.R., Bengaluru and Dr. A. K. Chakravarty, Head, Division of Entomology and Nematology, IIHR, Bengaluru. A total of sixty five participants participated in the programme conducted in the field of Shri. Hanumantharayappa and Shri. Rajanna who are the beneficiaries of IIHR bio-pesticide technologies. At the outset, Dr. Narayanaswamy, Principal Scientist, Division of Extension and Training, IIHR welcomed all the participants and highlighted the importance of nematode problems in vegetable crops and the ways to reduce them by using IIHR bio-pesticides. Dr. A. K. Chakravarty, Head, Division of Entomology and Nematology detailed about the losses due to nematodes, the hidden enemies of the crops and their eco-friendly management through IIHR bio-pesticide products for sustainable crop production.    


Visit to tomato field showcasing the effect of Bacillus bio-pesticides


Dr. M. S. Rao, Principal Scientist, Division of Entomology and Nematology elaborated the farmers about the precise application of IIHR bio-pesticides especially Bacillus subtilis and B. pumilus  enriched in vermicompost or FYM or neem cake which not only fight against the nematodes and associated soil-borne pathogenic fungi and bacteria but also enhance the crop growth and yield in an eco-friendly and cost-effective manner. Shri. Hanumatharayappa and Shri. Rajanna, progressive farmers shared their experience with the farmers that the use of bio-agents boosted the yield and maintained the crop healthy throughout the season without infestation of nematodes and associated diseases. Dr. A. Krishnamurthy and Dr. P.N.Krishnamurthy, Principal Scientists, Division of Entomology and Nematology reiterated the importance of botanicals such as neem and natural enemies to tackle the insect pests in vegetables.  Dr. Hebbar, Dr. T.H.Singh and Dr. Anil Kumar Nair, Principal Scientists from Division of Vegetable Crops enlightened the farmers about the advantages of improved vegetable varieties released from IIHR, drip irrigation and polymulch cultivation techniques for increasing the crop productivity and fetch more profit. In his address, Dr.T.M.Rao, Director, IIHR emphasized the use of IIHR technologies especially bio-pesticide formulations for mitigating the nematode threat in vegetables. He also reiterated the use of Arka Rakshak, the triple-disease resistant tomato variety for enhanced yield and profit. There was also an interactive session with the farmers and all the scientists answered the doubts raised by the farmers about the plant protection measures. Later, Bacillus subtilis and B. pumilus formulations were distributed to the farmers to popularize the use of biopesticides against nematodes.

Shri. Rajanna sharing his success story of using IIHR bio-pesticides with other farmers