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ICAR-CPCRI convened a Seminar cum Demonstration on Advances in Palm Health Management at Mandya on 10-07-2019

A one-day Seminar cum Demonstration on Advances in Palm Health Management was conducted at DSP farm, Mandya, Karnataka on 10-07-2019 by ICAR-CPCRI in collaboration with Coconut Development Board. The highlight of the programme was the new tractor-mounted Air Blast Sprayer for coconut developed by ICAR-CPCRI in collaboration with M/S ASPEE with the financial assistance of Coconut Development Board. The sprayer is developed for the effective delivery of water on the under surface of palms leaflets for dislodging the invasive whiteflies and cleaning up the pest-laden leaf surface for the bio-suppression of whiteflies. The demonstration of the sprayer was conducted in the auspicious presence of Sri. Shankar Narayana Reddy, Member, CDB. Kochi, and attended by about 100 farmers. Dr. AC Mathew, Pr. Scientist highlighted the technical aspects of the sprayer. Important parts of the sprayer and how it is coupled to the PTO of the tractor was explained to farmers prior to the operation of the sprayer for spraying water to the coconut leaves. The farmers gathered for the demonstration sought information on the commercialization of the tractor mounted sprayer, especially the cost and from where it would be available. They were informed that after the technical evaluation and modifications, if required, the machine would be available from M/S ASPEE, Aspee House, B.J. Patel Road, Malad West, Mumbai-400064, Maharashtra. Since the sprayer is still in development stage the price of the same was not worked out. However, it is expected to be less than 2.0 lakhs excluding tractor. The farmers requested the Board to make it available in a subsidized rate.

Unlike in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, two different types of Neotropical whiteflies, viz., coconut whitefly (Aleurotrachelus atratus) and nesting whitefly (Paraleyrodes minei) could be observed in Mandya and by the small sized adults of these whiteflies, the quantum of honey dew excreted and subsequent sooty mould deposits were found to be very low on the palms. These whiteflies were in the receding phase in the farm by competitive displacement of both the species as well as conservation biological control using the Cybocephalus sp. and lady beetles. The population of the common rugose spiralling whitefly (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus) and Bondar’s Nesting whitefly (Paraleyrodes bondari) was found to be bare minimum. Pesticide holiday promoted by ICAR-CPCRI was found to be effective in the bio-suppression of invasive whiteflies in the region. In addition, classical bio-scavenging programme by the release of the sooty mould scavenger beetle, Leiochrinus niligirianus collected from Kerala was also undertaken for the local establishment of these imported beetles by the ICAR-CPCRI team.

The Seminar on “Advances in Palm Health Management” was conducted in a nearby hall attended by more than 150 farmers. Sri. Shankar Narayana Reddy, Member, CDB. Kochi inaugurated the seminar and called upon the farmers to keenly understand the cutting edge technologies disseminated by ICAR-CPCRI scientists for the holistic development of coconut sector in the region. He also complimented the efforts of ICAR-CPCRI in the societal outreach of new technologies at the farmer’s doorstep. Sri H. B. Ramesh, President, Halawadi Panchayat, presided over the function.

In the technical session, Dr. Vinayaka Hegde, Head, Division of Crop Protection highlighted the pest and disease management solution in coconut for doubling the farmer’s income in future. The management strategies were mostly eco-friendly in nature as well as environmentally safe for the society. In his special discourse, Dr. Ravi Bhat, Head, Division of Crop Production emphasized on the soil-test based health management approaches in coconut for reaping long-term beneficial effect in terms of inclusive farming, continuous employment and income. He reiterated that every farmer hold a soil health card for accomplishing nutrient use efficiency in the system. Dr. A. Joseph Rajkumar, Pr. Scientist, outlined the importance of Pedigree, Protection, Production, Processing auguring prosperity among farmers and narrated strategies in rodent management. The entire proceeding was well received by farmers and called for regular such meetings in effective translation of technologies at grass root level. Sri Pramod, Assistant Director, CDB, Bengaluru welcomed the gathering and Sri. Haridas Farm Manager, DSP Farm, Mandya proposed vote of thanks.  

 

 

 

 



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