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Review Meeting of ‘Pest Dynamics in relation to Climate Change’ [Target Crop: Tomato] held at ICAR-NCIPM, New Delhi on 22nd July, 2016

The review meeting of “Pest Dynamics vis a vis Climate Change (Target Crop: Tomato)” was organized at ICAR-NCIPM under National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) on 22nd July, 2016. The meeting was attended by project associates from partner (NCIPM), and co-opted real time pest dynamic (RTPD) centers for Tomato crop from six States in addition to Research Associates and Senior Research Fellows of NICRA at NCIPM (Annexure). Mahatma Phule Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya, Rahuri (MH) did not attend the review meeting. Review meeting was inaugurated by Dr. D.B. Ahuja Director (Acting) ICAR-NCIPM. Dr. M. Prabhakar (PI –NICRA) of ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad reviewed the work progress and stressed on the importance of product oriented approach considering time period left. Presentations by six co-opted institutions were made highlighting the observed changes in pests vis a vis climate change/variability based on data base of five years (2011-15). Dr S. Vennila, PI (NICRA@NCIPM) presented activities undertaken in respect of project objectives along with the achievements. The meeting also deliberated on the implementation of work plan for 2016-17 besides on line demonstration of web based forecasts for tomato pests. Dr. V Sridhar, IIHR, Bengaluru supplied traps with lures of Tuta absoluta for monitoring at RTPDs where it has not been reported yet. Mobile application developed by NCIPM under NICRA for forewarning of tomato pests was also demonstrated and tested by the RTPD associates.

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