Salient Research Achievements

Programme II: Development of databases and electronic networking

Crop Pest Surveillance and Advisory Project (CROPSAP) for Soybean, Cotton, Rice, Pigeonpea and Chickpea in Maharashtra (Funded by Maharashtra Government)

Significant achievements

  • Mobile (m) CROPSAP (URL: was facilitated for implementation by State Department of Agriculture (Maharashtra) across soybean, cotton, rice, pigeonpea and chickpea in an area of 39.76, 38.00, 15.56, 15.33 lakh hectares, respectively of Maharashtra during 2016-17.

  • m CROPSAP reporting application was enhanced for need (ETL) based advisories and tracking of project implementation based on validation.

  • Reduced girdle beetle (Obereopsis brevis) and increasing Helicoverpa armigera, Spodoptera litura and Chrysodeixis acuta damage was noted on soybean during 2016.

  • Fluctuations in spatial variability of girdle beetle on soybean and whiteflies on cotton were inferred in respect of Amravati and Nagpur districts for 2016 and 2015 seasons, respectively.

  • Highly reduced yellow stem borer (Scirpophaga incertulas) in 2016 over previous five seasons (2011-15) and overall reduction of other insect pests and diseases of rice was noted.

  • Washim, Nanded, Wardha, Beed and Jalna districts were the hot spots for H. armigera and Nagpur for pod fly during 2016 on pigeonpea. Fusarium wilt was of higher importance over H. armigera on chickpea although both had widespread occurrence.

  • Pest management advisories in respect of soybean, cotton, rice, pigeonpea and chickpea during 2016-17 were 2114, 4146, 2511, 4849 and 4172, respectively across Maharashtra.

Horticultural Crop Pests Surveillance and Advisory (Funded by Maharashtra Government)

Significant achievement  

  • The area under  E  pest surveillance during year 2016-17 spread  to 23 districts of the state covering 3,15,104 ha, for six crops namely Nagpur mandarin, sweet mandarin , banana, mango, pomegranate and sapota.

  • Organized six Trainings on data entry, approval and issue of advisory,  pest identification, implementation and orientation for pests of sapota  at ARS, Palghar Thane, MS (Sept., 20-21, 2016), Nagpur Mandarin at Dr PDKV, Akola, (Sept., 8-9, 2016),), Pomegranate at MPKV, Rahuri  (Sept., 06-07, 2016)), banana at BRS, Jalgaon (Sept.07-08, 2016), sweet orange  at VNMKV, Parbhani (Sept., 13-14, 2016), and mango at Dr. BSKKV, Dapoli, (Nov., 23-24, 2016) under HORTSAP Project (Horticulture)  MS.

  • The project scientists and state department of Horticulture worked in cohesive manners and 7408 of advisories were issued to farmers to reduce the time lag between the occurrence of the pests and application of management options.

  •  Implementation of the project in the state has helped the progressive farmers in creating awareness for the correct identification of the pests, timely and ETL based application of the IPM technologies.

  • Final estimate of productivity of fruits of MS presented by National Board of Horticulture, revealed for the year 2014-15 that the productivity (MT/HA) of mango, orange, sweet orange, sapota, banana and pomegranate (4.81, 6.79, 8.78, 10.19, 54.50 and 9.31) was found higher over 2010-11 (0.69, 3.90, 6.09, 4.60, 52.40 and 6.00, respectively).

ICT Based Pest Surveillance and Management through Advisory System for Rice In Tripura Region (NEH), India

Significant achievement  

  • Monitoring of pests of Boro rice in one district Viz. Dhalai of Tripura state (NEH) was carried out through 12 field scouting and digitization of pest damage on centralized server at NCIPM.

  • Based on the extent of damage and action threshold, short term advisories (133) total number of SMS sent was approximately 8000 to 515 farmers of Tripura.

  • In local language Bengali were issued to targeted farmers through SMS on mobile phones.

  • Whatsapp group has been created to know the real situation happening in the field and correct and quick advisories were also issued to the the Major diseases and  pests monitored were pest Scouts are bacterial blight ( % severity), neck blast ( % severity) , neck blast (% severity) , ear head bug (number/hill), Hispa (number/hills) , Leaf folder (%folded and damaged leaves ) , Plant Hopper (Number/hill ), Yellow Stem Borer ( % dead heart/white ear head)  Swarming and other caterpillars(Number/hill) as shown in the following graphs. However none of these pest had crossed the economic threshold value.

  • The experiment is under process and data will be statistically analyzed. 

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