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SAFFAL to Defend Farmers against Threat of Fall Armyworm
Project SAFFAL aims to increase alertness amongst farmers to address the threat of fall armyworm.
In order to benefit agriculture and farmers against Fall Armyworm in India, the South Asia Biotechnology Centre has launched an ambitious multi-year project SAFFAL. It is supported by FMC India, Mumbai, a global leader in sustainable crop protection, which will work in collaboration with key stakeholders from agricultural value chains that could potentially be affected by the rapid spread.
SAFFAL aims to develop a suite of techniques, good agricultural practices and control measures along with educational material for different stakeholders to increase awareness among farmers to address the threat of fall armyworm.
Dr. C.D. Mayee, a renowned plant epidemiologist and the President of the South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), New Delhi stated that, “Practical experiences of successfully dealing with pink bollworm in cotton through involvement of smallholder farmers will be explored and replicated to overcome the threat of fall armyworm.” In the recent past, SABC in collaboration with key stakeholders has successfully implemented a massive program “war on pink bollworm” in Vidharbha region of Maharashtra. The FAW poses a significant challenge to smallholder farmers by significantly increasing production costs, reducing productivity and farm income, and thus posing a significant threat to Indian agriculture.
Source: Krishi Jagran, 11 March, 2019
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