• Virtual online training program on “Diseases and Pests of Major Rabi Crops and their Management”

    ICAR-VPKAS has organized one day virtual online training program on “Diseases and Pests of Major Rabi Crops and their Management” on January 27, 2021. More than 35 participants including state officials, SMSs from KVKs of Uttarakhand and North Eastern Himalayan States have joined the program through Zoom app. The program was inaugurated by Dr. Lakshmi Kant, Director ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. He highlighted the importance of diseases and insect-pests in hill crops especially in Rabi crops. He told that during recent years some diseases have become important diseases and adversely affecting the wheat and barley crops. By managing these notorious pathogens, we will be able to enhance our production and productivity. He delivered a lecture on “Wheat & barley production scenario in NW & NE Himalayas states: An overview”. He elaborated the production and productivity of wheat and barley in North western and north eastern states, major constraints of production and varieties released for these regions. Dr. N.K. Hedau, Principal Scientist, Crop Improvement Division delivered his lecture on “Vegetable production scenario in NW & NE Himalayas: Challenges and opportunities”. A lecture on “Pulses production scenario in NW & NE Himalayas: Challenges and opportunities” was delivered by Dr. Anuradha Bhartiya, Scientist, Crop Improvement Division. Dr. K.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist & In-charge, Crop Protection Division emphasized the importance of rabi crop diseases and delivered a lecture on “Major diseases of wheat, barley and vegetables and their management”. Mr. Jeevan, B., Scientist (Plant Pathology) has given his presentation on “Pulses and oilseeds diseases: Identification of diseases and management”. A lecture on “Identification and management of major insect-pests of Rabi crops” was delivered by Dr. ARNS Subbanna, Scientist (Entomology). The overall program was coordinated by Dr. K.K. Mishra and vote of thanks to all the dignitaries and participants was proposed by Dr. ARNS Subbanna.