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Review Meeting of ‘Pest Dynamics in relation to Climate Change’ [Target Crop: Groundnut] held at ICAR-NCIPM, New Delhi on July 13, 2016

Review meeting of “Pest Dynamics vis a vis Climate Change (Target Crop: Groundnut)” was conducted at ICAR-NCIPM under National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) on 13th July, 2016 at NCIPM, New Delhi. Dr. D.B. Ahuja Director (A) presided the inaugural session. Dr. M.S Rao Co-PI (NICRA), Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad attended as an expert member of the review meeting. Project members from partner (NCIPM), collaborating (IARI) and co-opted real time pest dynamic centers (RTPD) institutions for the target crop of Groundnut participated in the meeting in addition to Research Associates and Senior Research Fellows of NICRA at NCIPM. Dr. S. Vennila (PI-NICRA@NCIPM) presented a brief outline of objectives and achievements of the theme area. Dr D.B. Ahuja in his inaugural remarks indicated the increasing area of groundnut cultivation in the country, changing pest scenario and the need for evolving sound technologies pest management. Dr. M.S. Rao in his opening remarks stressed on the much needed sensitivity of each RTPDs to the changing pest scenarios of their locations in the context of climate change. Presentations by all the five co-opted institutions and PI NICRA@NCIPM were made highlighting the observed changes in pests vis a vis climate change/variability based on data base of five years (2011-15).

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