The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) director general AS Rawat emphasised the need for alternative methods for disease and pest management, especially in wake of the recent ban on 27 pesticides. He was speaking at a webinar on integrated management of forest diseases and insect pests organised by the Forest Research Institute.
Among the participating scientists, former director of DRDO, Vijay Veer proposed an interesting use of insect attractants for their management. Professor KP Singh from GBPUAT, Pantnagar gave a detailed account of disease forecasting for minimising the use of pesticides and early control of diseases. S Marimuthu, associate vice president, T Stanes and Company Limited, Coimbatore showed different ecofriendly biological control and biofertiliser products and urged for trial of their efficacy.Coimbatore District Herbal and Tree Growers Association president K Devarajan gave a brief account of the health problems faced in the field which was later addressed by subject experts NSK Harsh and RK Thakur. Scientists from different ICFRE institutes also presented their research work on diseases and insect-pests.
Wednesday, 19 August 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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