Training programme on “Nematode management under protected cultivation using biopesticides” 25-06-15
A training programme on “Nematode management under protected cultivation using biopesticides” was held at Chikkaballapura, Karnataka on 25th June 2015 at Panchayat Taluk Hall, Chikkaballapura. The programme was conducted by ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru in association with NABARD, Bengaluru and Dept. of Horticulture, Chikkaballapura District, Karnataka. Around hundred farmers and polyhouse growers participated in the training programme. It was inaugurated by Shri. P.A. Mohan, President, Panchayat Taluk and presided by Smt. B. B. Cauvery, Chief Executive Officer, Chikkaballapura District Karnataka.
Polyhouse growers and farmers, Chikkaballapura district, at the training programme on biopesticides
At the outset, Dr. B. Narayanaswamy, Principal Scientist, Division of Extension and Training, IIHR welcomed all the participants and highlighted the importance of nematode problems in protected cultivation and the ways to reduce them by using IIHR bio-pesticides.
Smt. B.B.Cauvery, Chief Executive Officer, Chikkaballapura District, Karnataka distributing biopesticides to polyhouse growers
Dr. M. S. Rao, Principal Scientist, Division of Entomology & Nematology, IIHR and Innovator of the biopesticide technologies elaborated the farmers about the application of IIHR bio-pesticides and exhibited a video to train the farmers for mitigating the nematode problems and associated fungal and bacterial disease complexes in polyhouse crops and increase crop yield in an eco-friendly and cost effective manner.
Demonstration on vermicompost enrichment with biopesticides
Smt. M. Gayathri, DDH, Chikkaballapura District detailed about the state-funded projects and subsidies available for the benefit of polyhouse growers and also highlighted the importance of the training programme on biopesticides. Dr. R. Umamaheswari, Scientist, Division of Entomology & Nematology demonstrated the farmers on enrichment of vermicompost/ neem cake with biopesticides and the application technology.
Farmers interacted with the IIHR scientists and SADHs from various taluks of Chikkballapura District and cleared their queries on crop production and protection technologies in protected cultivation. Later, Paecilomyces lilacinus and Arka All Rounder formulations were distributed to the farmers to popularize the use of biopesticides against nematodes.