PULWAMA : Under a reach out programme and to put the expertise at disposal to farming community, the Central Integrated Pest Management Centre, Srinagar, Govt. of India, Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare in collaboration with State Agriculture Department, Sub-Div Kakapora, conducted two-day training programme on “Integrated Pest Management” (HRD) at Village Kakapora, Block Kakapora of Pulwama.
Programme was presided by Dr. Mithilesh Kumar Arya, Assistant Director (PP), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India.
In his keynote address, Dr Mithilesh presented the importance of effective management of pests in the farm field with use of scientific and technological interventions.
Tariq Rasool Rather, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology SKUAST who was invited as a guest expert in his presentation gave a detailed account in managing various pests taking in account the localised circumstances.
A large number of farmers took part in the programme wherein they were made aware regarding the concept of IPM and objective of organizing such a programme.
They elaborated in full detail the techniques of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and when as well as at what stage the use of chemicals, while seeing ETL level, use of pheromones traps, light traps, delta traps and yellow sticky traps should be made.
Moreover, Mohd Shafi Wani, AEA Kakapora also made the farmers aware regarding various Cultural, Mechanical, Biological and Chemical control measures under IPM techniques for the welfare of farmers.
Progressive farmer Ghulam Nabi Ganaie also appreciated the Department for conducting such programmes for welfare of farmers and asked the farmers to come forward to take maximum benefits from the departmental schemes.
Assistant Plant Protection Officer (PP) Haroon Rashid Hakla along with Scientific Assistant, AEO Kakapora, SMS, JAEO were also present during the programme.