Review Meeting of ‘Pest Dynamics in relation to Climate Change’ [Target Crop: Pigeonpea] held at ICAR-NCIPM, New Delhi on July 16, 2016

National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) review meeting of the theme area “Pest Dynamics vis a vis Climate Change (Target Crop: Pigeonpea)” was organized at ICAR-NCIPM under on 16th July, 2016 at NCIPM, New Delhi. A total of 16 members from co-opted real time pest dynamic (RTPD) centers and NCIPM participated in the meeting. Dr. S. Vennila (PI-NICRA@NCIPM) chaired the sessions with Dr OP Sharma as an expert member. Dr. S. Vennila outlined the objectives and activities of the program in the introductory remarks. The message from ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad for the review meeting of Pigeonpea was delivered by Dr O.P. Sharma along with his inaugural remarks. Relevance of highlighting the climate induced pest status on Pigeonpea at field level across climatic zones and eco regions during International Year of Pulses (2016) was spelt out as the requirement. Dr S.B. Das, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya, Jabalpur (MP) conveyed his inability to attend the meeting. Of the six RTPDs, five were represented. The project associates of RTPDs and and PI NICRA@NCIPM were presented the observed changes in pests in relation to climate variability in respect of and across locations, respectively based on five year (2011-15) data base generated through the project. The afternoon session had demonstrations of the web and mobile based applications developed by NCIPM for location specific prediction of insect pests and diseases of pigeonpea.

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