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Farmers’ Field School (FFS) on Rice IPM at Nidana, Rohtak, Haryana

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29 September 2022, New Delhi: Rice team of ICAR-National Centre for Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi organized “Farmers’ field school cum scientist-farmer interaction meeting” today at Nidana village of Rohtak district of Haryana.

Dr. Subhash Chander, Director, ICAR-NCIPM, stressed upon enhancing farmers’ income by preventing avoidable losses caused by biotic stresses and their management using IPM, thereby saving expenditure on unwarranted pesticide applications and reducing cost of production. He emphasized on importance of timely IPM interventions to ensure effective pest suppression and higher crop productivity. He assured the farmers of all sorts of technical guidance and continuance of IPM activity in the village. Dr. Chander also apprised the farmers about the recently emerged dwarfing disease of rice.

Dr Anoop Kumar, Principal Investigator, Basmati Rice IPM Project, briefed about the IPM validation programme which is being implemented in 300 acres with participation of 25 farmers, highlighting baseline information of the village, pest scenario of rice and the IPM strategy adopted to manage the pest problems for residue free rice production.

Farmers, Shri Gaurav and Mr. Mainpal spoke about the benefits of IPM programme.

Various queries raised by the farmers were addressed by the NCIPM team.

A rice field visits was also conducted and no incidence of dwarfing disease was noticed during the visit.

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