Crop Biotech Update

Project SAFFAL Reaches Farmers Affected by Fall Armyworm in Karnataka

July 10, 2019

The Project Safeguarding Agriculture and Farmers Against Fall Armyworm (Project SAFFAL) reached out to Hubli, Dharwad, and Haveri districts of Karnataka, the largest maize growing state in India. More than 1,000 farmers, retailers, and extension officials of KVKs and Karnataka Department of Agriculture joined the Awareness Programme on Fall Armyworm and its Management organized jointly by the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad; ICAR Krishi Vigyan Kendra Hanumanamatti; South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), and Karnataka Department of Agriculture at Dharwad on July 3 and at Haveri on July 4, 2019.

The inauguration of fall armyworm (FAW) awareness programs began with the treatment of FAW affected maize plant with Nomuraea Rileyi - a species of entomopathogenic fungus (ETF) found to be effective against the pest. Around four dozens of farmers from Hubli, Dharwad, and Haveri regions received pheromones traps, lures and safety kits (PPE). Kannada FAW posters were also given to farmers, extension officials, and retailers.

Project SAFFAL is supported by FMC Corporation and implemented in collaboration with key stakeholders in the maize value chain in India. For more information about Project SAFFAL and the impact of fall armyworm in India, visit the SABC website.