41) ICRISAT Releases Handbook on Environment-friendly Control of Pulse Pests (January 2000)

A handbook on integrated pest management (IPM) that can help to minimize the excessive use of chemicals by pulse farmers in Asia, was released by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru on 13 January 2000.

Titled Identification and Management of Pigeonpea and Chickpea Insect Pests in Asia, the book is a product of the IPM project carried out by ICRISAT and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The book provides descriptions with color photographs of the major species of pigeonpea and chickpea insect pests in Asia. Control measures are suggested with an emphasis on IPM and reduced reliance on insecticides.

"The handbook will be shortly available in Telugu, Marathi, and Kannada," said Dr G V Ranga Rao, the Project Coordinator, who has authored the book with Dr T G Shanower. "Within 3 years of the Project implementation, the yields obtained by IPM farmers have increased by up to six times, with 6-93% reduction in pesticide use across locations. The impact of this Project has resulted in savings in plant protection, higher yields, and income stability. The Project which began with 10 locations in 1997 has expanded rapidly to 30 locations involving more than 500 farmers in South Asia," Dr Ranga Rao added.

Mr S Mathur, Grants Coordinator, IFAD, who was on a visit to ICRISAT, released the book and presented copies of it to ICRISAT Director General Dr William Dar and other Project partners. Mr Mathur has played a pivotal role in the funding process of current IFAD-funded ICRISAT projects.

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