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State has sufficient pesticides to tackle FAW: Agri director

  

Field training provided to state officials concerning infestation of FAW

Field training provided to state officials concerning infestation of FAW

 

Source: Imphal Free Press

 

IMPHAL| May 11

A one-day officers training programme jointly organised by ICAR Research Manipur Centre, Imphal and ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research, Ludhiana, Punjab and Directorate of Agriculture, Manipur on ‘Fall Army Worm Management’ was conducted at ICAR Lamphelpat today.

Addressing the gathering, director of agriculture, Manipur, Laltanpuii Vanchhong  said that the State has sufficient amount of pesticides to tackle the Fall Army Worm(FAW)  while advising the officials who are in the field to recommend the correct combination of pesticides to the farmers.

 In the backdrop of the recent discovery and detection of FAW in the state, the Joint Action Committee comprising of various officials of different departments took a survey and decided to train the State agriculture officials who form the front line extension system in the state, to meet the threat caused by the invasive pest, said the director.

 The director also requested the district level officer to submit daily reports before 3 pm in the evening.

Joint director, ICAR Manipur centre, Dr. Meghachandra Singh said favourable temperature for FAW is between 15 – 30 degree Celsius and it has a less chance of survival in a temperature exceeding or below its favourable temperature.  He also added that excessive rainfall can possibly decrease the number of FAW.

Since FAW is an invasive pest and newly discovered in the State, there is no record of any natural predator that can attack and balance the population growth of FAW. If there is any natural predator of FAW, it can balance the population growth, he added. He also suggested the officials to conduct a survey to find out the population of FAW in the state.

 

In the technical session, experts in the field, scientists from ICAR, Dr. Arati Ningombam and Dr. Romila Akoijam, registrar, CAU Prof.  K. Mamocha Singh, and deputy director, Central Integrated Pest Management Centre, Dr. O. Tarunkumar Singh gave training to 60 district level state officials.

 ICAR, Manipur Centre was given the task of providing technical expertise and guidance to train the state government officials as the pest is new to the country. The state government officials were given training on how to identify this new pest from both the caterpillar and adult stage. Live insects were shown to the state trainees for easy learning.

Training was given on how to monitor, how to detect the insect in different crop stages- from early to middle whorl stage, middle to late whorl stage, and late whorl to tasseling and post-tasseling stage. The different management strategies to be taken up starting from cultural, mechanical, bio control and bio pesticides and lastly chemical measures were discussed in detail.

Location specific management strategies that can be taken up easily were also discussed. Demonstration on seed treatment, whorl application using knapsack sprayer and use of pheromone traps were also done in the maize standing crop of the ICAR research farm. Field demonstrations on spray and seed treatment were also included as part of the training.