Bio-pesticides: Stakeholders' Perspective

April 26, 2009 New Delhi

An International Conference on ‘Bio-pesticides: Stakeholders' Perspective', organized by The Energy and Resources Institute and Promotion and Innovation of Bio-pesticides, was inaugurated by His Excellency Governor of Haryana, Dr A R Kidwai, at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre Complex. He said such conferences are extremely important in the context of sustainable agriculture, environmental protection, eco-restoration and climate change, human- and animal- health issues. He also released an Abstract: 5 th International Conference on Bio-pesticides: Stakeholders' Perspective.

Dr Mangala Rai, Secretary (DARE) and DG (ICAR),said that the theme of International Conference is highly significant at a time when Indian agriculture is looking towards lasting and economic solutions to the various biotic stresses in both field and horticultural crops. He focused on Microbial control of crop pests in India, Bio-pesticides, Vector control, Use of parasitoids and predators in pest management, stakeholders: perspectives etc. He added the need of linking stakeholders: policy and regulatory issues and commercialization at his Key note address. He released Souvenir : 5th International Conference on Bio-pesticides: Stakeholders' Perspective .

Professor Mir S. Mulla (University of California, Riverside, USA) gave Introduction to Conference. Dr S. N. Puri (President, Society of Promotion and Innovation of Bio-pesticides and Vice -Chancellor, Central Agricultural University, Imphal)focused on the ICAR role in Integrated Pest Management and its significant results enjoyed by farmers through State Agricultural Universities. Dr M.K. Bhan (Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India) and Dr T. Ramasami (Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India) focused on climate change and its effect on pest scenario. Dr R. K. Pachauri (DG, TERI) shared his rich research experience and said that India should carry pioneer solutions that world would follow.

The 5th International Conference covers XI sessions between 27 and 30 April 2009 in which important deliberations will take place.