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Pest dynamics vs.  Climate change

Review Meeting of ‘Pest Dynamics in relation to Climate Change’ [Target Crop: Rice] held at ICAR-NCIPM, New Delhi on July 20, 2016

Review meeting of “Pest Dynamics vis a vis Climate Change (Target Crop: Rice)” was held at ICAR-NCIPM under National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) on 20th July, 2016 at NCIPM, New Delhi. Dr. D.B. Ahuja Director (A) chaired the inaugural session. Dr. M. Prabhakar (PI –NICRA) of Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (ICAR-CRIDA), Hyderabad attended as an expert member of the review meeting. Project Members from partner (NCIPM and co-opted (real time pest dynamic centers (RTPD) institutions for the target crop of Rice attended the meeting. Research Associates and Senior Research Fellows of NICRA of NCIPM have also participated. Dr. S. Vennila (PI-NICRA@NCIPM) welcomed the gathering and presented a brief outline of objectives and activities of the program. Dr D.B. Ahuja in his inaugural remarks indicated the diversified cropping systems and seasons of rice cultivation in the country and pest forewarning as an essential tool for integration with effective pest management including exploitation of natural enemies. Review member Dr. M. Prabhakar in his opening address stressed on the much needed sensitivity of each RTPDs to the changing pest scenarios of their locations in the context of climate change, and the requirement of each centre to work in mission mode considering that programme would end by March 2017 with publications and pest weather models as outputs. Dr Prabhakar also registered his dismay for the RTPDs (Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad (TS) and Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Raipur (CG) that could not participate in the review meeting. Presentations by other 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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