By OUR STAFF REPORTER
PANT NAGAR, 12 Jul: Dhanuka Agritech, a leading agrochemical company, and GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology organised a day-long workshop ‘Suraksha Sankalp’ on dealing with the threat of Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera Frugiperda) faced by Indian farmers. The workshop was organised under Public Private Partnership here today. An invasive pest that attacks maize crop, the Fall Armyworm caused immense damage to the crop in southern and western parts of the country last year. It was reported first in Karnataka and gradually spread to several other states. It remains a serious concern for maize farmers, scientists and policymakers. At the workshop, scientists, subject matter specialists, farmers, distributers, agriculture university students, Krishi Vigyaan Kendra and the state department of agriculture, etc., discussed the problem and the best agrochemical to deal with this pest/insect. Ashok Mahajan, Senior General Manager, Dhanuka Agritech, said, “The government has been focusing on agriculture and the betterment of farmers. We have always helped the farming community with relevant solutions to increase yield. The Fall Armyworm has become a major threat that destroyed the hard work of farmers last year. Since this insect multiplies very fast, it is now imperative to educate the relevant stakeholders about its harmful effect and ways to combat it. We plan to organise similar workshops across agriculture universities in India.” Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare recommended 3 chemicals for control of this pest – Spinetoram 11.7% SC, Chlorantraniliprol 18.5% SC and Thiomethoxam. Dhanuka Agritech through its various initiatives is working towards achieving the vision of PM Narendra Modi of doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022. In the past, too, the company has organised seminars across India to educate farmers about new techniques to increase their crop yield.