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December 13, 2013

State Govt to bring e-pest surveillance system to prevent rotting of crops

State Govt to bring e-pest surveillance system to prevent rotting of crops

WB govt is introducing e-pest surveillance system to prevent rotting of crops. This initiative is a first of its kind in India. Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya – the premier agricultural university of the state has been entrusted to launch this pest surveillance scheme in the state from the ensuing Kharif season for the benefit of the farmers. The Pest Surveillance Project would cover systematic collection, collation, analysis and interpretation of data relating to pests and diseases and dissemination of relevant information to the farmers for corrective measures in order to mitigate the loss in farm production.

Key Areas:

• Monitor trends and estimate magnitude of disease-pest problems

• Epidemic (outbreak) detection and prediction

• Monitor progress towards control objectives

• Monitor programme performance

• Evaluate interventions

• Understand characteristics of pest events: distribution and spread as well as natural history

• Facilitate farm planning

• Impact monitoring.

The project intends to cover Rice, Rape, Mustard and Potato initially.

Operation Details:

Programme consists of the following components

a) Pest and disease monitoring-cum-surveillance

b) Training of the Scouts/Monitors/ Progressive farmers

c) Creation of pest, diseases and ancillary data bank

d) Short term (immediate) and long term analyses of the field level information

e) Creation of advisory protocol. Suggest immediate plant protection measures for the affected areas/crops

f) Awareness creation, field demonstration may be one of the options

g) Development of forewarning/ forecasting system

h) Mapping/getting distribution of hot spot areas for different pests and diseases for crops under consideration