DST, New Delhi funded project entitled “Development of plant based bio-pesticide for management of poplar defoliator, its field trial in northern region and conduction of awareness programme for farmers” is being implemented by Chemistry and Forest Entomology Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. Under the above mentioned project, a biopesticide was developed for poplar defoliator: Colestra cupereata (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae). Therefore, conduction of Training cum awareness programmes for the benefit of progressive farmers, entrepreneurs of Uttarakhand and Harayana for the use of biopesticide, which is an alternative of synthetic insecticides.
Keeping in view, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun conducted two days training programme for The Benefit of Poplar Growers at Sabawala village, Uttarakhand from 6th to 7th November, 2017. This training programme is a lab to land activity on the use of biopesticide developed by FRI, Dehradun. The training programme was attended by more than 80 farmers/ poplar growers from different villages of Uttarakhand including Timli, Sabawala, Shyampur, Badua etc. Inaugurating the Training programme, the Chief Guest Dr. Savita, Director, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun highlighted the adverse effects of synthetic insecticides on humans and environment and stressed upon significance of the use of biopesticides as a safe alternative of the synthetic insecticides.
Dr. Savita appreciated the collective efforts of Chemistry and Forest Entomology Division, FRI for developing the biopesticide and organizing the training programme. She called upon the participants to use the field tested biopesticide for management of poplar defoliator, which will be of immense benefit to the farmers in
terms of increased productivity of poplar and upliftment of their socio economic status.
Welcoming the participants, Dr. N. K. Upreti, Group Co-coordinator (Research), FRI made aware the participants about the management of the insect-pests of forestry importance using biopesticides and also offered the products and services developed by FRI, Dehradun useful for the farmers and tree growers.
Dr. Rashmi and Dr. K.P. Singh, Scientists and inventors of the biopesticide welcomed the participants and gave an overview of the training programme. They informed the participants that the training has been designed to meet the expectation of the farmers. On various aspects of poplar, experts were invited to deliver the lecture. The resource persons fully interacted with the participants during the interactive sessions and duly addressed the queries of field related problems of poplar farmers. Officers and Heads of departments of FRI, Dehradun were also present. A detailed training and field exposure on the use of Biopesticides was given to the progressive farmers. Pamphlet/brochure about insect-pest of poplar and biopesticide were prepared in Hindi and distributed among the farmers. The farmers discussed the practical problems for the control of insect-pest of poplar and other species as well.
In the end, Dr. Rashmi, scientist-E, Chemistry Division, FRI, Dehardun extended special thanks to the Gram Pradhan of Sabawala village and his team for all the help extended during the training programme.For more