Plant health management for increasing crop yeild – Kerala Planning Board

Published on: 11 Feb, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Business News, Thiruvananthapuram District News

10 Feb 2013

Agricultural scientists, policy planners and technology experts who participated in a two-day national workshop organised by the State Planning Board here have highlighted the role of plant health management in improving crop yield.

The workshop proposed the establishment of panchayat-level plant clinics and a training centre offering short-term courses and training programmes on plant health. It stressed the need for extensive production of disease-free planting material and development of comprehensive bio-security systems covering quarantine and surveillance.

The package included a Sate-wide project on electronic pest surveillance and advisory for farmers and a network of plant health input centres to provide farmers with diagnostic kits, pheromone traps and bio-control agents. P. Rajasekharan, Chief (Agriculture), Planning Board, said the recommendations would be submitted to the Department of Agriculture.


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