Port Blair, Oct 14: Keeping in view of pest & disease attack on vegetables, CIPMC conducted Farmers’ Field School-Kharif 2022-23 to sensitize and spread awareness about IPM technology at Parnasala of Rangat, N & M Andaman by involving 30 Vegetable farmers (10 Women Farmers) and 5 AEOs.
Addressing the programme, Mr. Shiva Kumar H. D., APPO (W), CIPMC Port Blair welcomed all the farmers and briefed on how to adopt and spread Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technologies among other farmers and be a bridge for gradual shifting to organic farming. Mrs. S. C. Rekha, Assistant Director, Dept. of Agriculture, Rangat shared her views on IPM Methods, Natural enemies, Cultural, Mechanical, Biological methods, Neem based Biopesticide, Traps and vermicomposting. Progressive farmers. Mr. Balram Mistry and Mr.Chandrakanth Mistry shared their concern related to difficulty in adopting IPM practices in this era of intensive agriculture in spiteof the benefits of IPM technologies.
Mrs. AnithaPurushothaman, Panchayat Secretary, Parnasala Gram Panchayat requested CIPMC to organize regular IPM programmes so that our farmers will get maximum benefits on Organic farming. IPM Kits were distributed to all the farmers in presence of Assistant Director and Panchayat Secretary. Mr. Azmat Qadir, SCFA, Rangat Sub Depot, explained the use of various kinds of traps such as Pheromone traps, Sticky traps, light traps and seed treatment for prevention of disease incidence in vegetable and other crops. He also explained about the various departmental schemes for the benefits of the farmers and assured continuous support from the Department of Agriculture and concluded the programme with vote of thanks.