17th September 2016, , Jind, Haryana
ICAR-National Research Centre on Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi in collaboration with Department of Agriculture, Jind, Government of Haryana organised a farmers’ meet today to promote the adoption of the Integrated Pest Management practices in cotton at Nidani village of Jind, Haryana.
Dr Jeet Singh Sandhu, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR was the chief guest of the event. Dr Sandhu interacted with farmers in their cotton fields, emphasized the importance of pest monitoring in cotton, empowerment of farmers for mass production of bio- pesticides and their proper use and application against pests. He exhorted the scientist to lay emphasis on validation and promotion of IPM practices that may curtail the cost of cultivation as well as enhance farmers’ income. He also suggested that NCIPM in collaboration with progressive farmers of this area should come out with a strategy to popularize the IPM activity in other cotton growing areas.
Dr. D. B. Ahuja, Director ICAR-NCIPM appreciated the farmers of the Nidani viilage for their awareness about the role of natural enemies in pest management. He emphasised on creating awareness among farmers of nearby villages and need based application of safer pesticides in cotton.
About 200 farmers from 5 villages of Jind district participated in this programme.
(Source: ICAR-National Research Centre on Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi)