Biotech Updates

Project SAFFAL Empowers Smallholder Farmers to Cope with Fall Armyworm

July 3, 2019

South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC) based in New Delhi, India, through the project Safeguarding Agriculture and Farmers against Fall Armyworm (SAFFAL), in collaboration with Taralabalu Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Davangere; Department of Agriculture, Karnataka; and University of Agriculture and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamoga met maize farmers, extension officials, retailers, and local media during a workshop on management of fall armyworm (FAW) at Taralabalu Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Davangere, Karnataka on June 29, 2019.

SABC distributed pheromone traps, FAW lures, personal protective equipment, and safety kits to smallholder maize farmers during the event. SABC also released a Kannada translation of posters for education and awareness among smallholder farmers in Davangere area of Karnataka. 

Project SAFFAL is an initiative to empower farmers with tools and techniques, knowledge, and effective control measures to overcome the invasive FAW pest. The project is supported by FMC Corporation and implemented by SABC in collaboration with key stakeholders in the maize value chain.

For more information about Project SAFFAL, visit the SABC website.