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Crop Biotech Update

Farmers from Madhya Pradesh Benefit from Project SAFFAL

July 17, 2019

Smallholder maize farmers, extension and agriculture department officials, and retailers joined Farmers Awareness Program on Fall Armyworm, a mega farmer's awareness campaign on fall armyworm at Chhindwara, the largest maize growing area in Madhya Pradesh, India on July 10, 2019. 

The event was co-organized by the South Asia Biotechnology Center, New Delhi (SABC); Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Jabalpur; Department of Agriculture, Chhindwara; Indian Council of Agricultural Research Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Chhindwara; Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Chhindwara; and JNKVV Zonal Agricultural Research Station Chhindwara. 

During the event, SABC displayed samples of major insect pests of maize, including Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm), S. litura (leaf-eating caterpillar), Chilo partellus (white stem borer), and Sesamia inferens (pink stem borer) with the help of Dr. Sharanabassappa of UAHS, Shivamogga. Demonstrations on use of pheromone traps and safety kits were also done to help the farmers. Campaign posters in Hindi were distributed to the farmers, as well as pheromone traps, lures, and safety kits.

The Project Safeguarding Agriculture and Farmers against Fall Armyworm (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.