Project Bandhan to protect cotton growers from pink bollworm launched in Vidarbha

The South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), in collaboration with Agrovision Basis, Nagpur, has released an…

The South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), in collaboration with Agrovision Basis, Nagpur, has released an revolutionary and multi-stakeholder ‘Project Bandhan’ to protect cotton growers from the devastating pink bollworm.

The challenge aims at demonstrating mating disruption engineering, selling integrated pest administration (IPM) dependent offer of procedures (POP) designed by ICAR-Central Institute for Cotton Research, intensifying skill enhancement and coaching applications and amplifying effective PBW manage steps to farmers across the Vidarbha region.

Venture Bandhan is supported jointly by PI Basis and Rasi Seeds Pvt Ltd and is staying executed across Vidarbha, Maharashtra, in partnership with cotton and textile price chain associates.

New hybrid seeds launch

As component of the launching ceremony, Venture Bandhan has distributed superior-high-quality Bt cotton hybrid seeds & IPM dependent POP in four clusters to five hundred smallholder farmers of village Adasa/Waroda of Nagpur on Wednesday.

The outbreak of pink bollworm had hit cotton growers really hard in Maharashtra in Kharif for the duration of 2020-21. There has been a apparent raise in PBW infestation in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. While big scale Bt cotton cultivation offers in-built safety against infamous American bollworm, the emergence of PBW has turn into the new enemy of cotton farmers. Though the American bollworm infestation resulted in definite yield reduction, PBW infestation mainly has an effect on the lint high-quality. Nevertheless, its early incidence may perhaps even guide to a reduction in yield and major losses.

Pre-empting emergence of pink bollworm

“We could pre-empt the emergence of Pink Bollworm in cotton as we commenced to handle its sporadic incidence in Bt cotton-developing parts of Gujarat and Maharashtra as early as 2015. Contrary to the American Bollworm, we understood that pink bollworm can be effortlessly managed with appropriate agronomy, the time of sowing and effective pest manage steps. We successfully executed consciousness and coaching applications across Vidarbha in the previous three-four many years, consecutively. The outbreak in 2020 was a wake-up connect with. We seized the option to roll out revolutionary and surroundings-helpful mating disruption engineering to deal with pink bollworm in Kharif 2021,” reported CD Mayee, President, SABC.

Mating disruption is an revolutionary pheromone-dependent technique that interferes with the reproductive cycle of PBW in these a manner that the population stages are significantly decreased, and crop damage is diminished, SABC reported in a assertion.

Pheromone-dependent engineering

The Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee (CIBRC) had permitted the pheromone-dependent mating disruption engineering in the IPM techniques for managing the population of PBW in India for the 1st time in 2019-20. Readily available in the solid metric dispenser rope (PB Knot), it can be effortlessly tagged to the cotton plant. It releases sexual intercourse pheromones to prevent the male moth from finding females and mating, disrupting the reproductive cycle. So, the mating disruption is rising as a impressive resource to deal with pest these as PBW and has turn into a component of the IPM module.

“Project Bandhan is an exemplary initiative to promote pheromone-dependent IPM production process of cotton. The novel PB Knot pheromone engineering is straightforward to use, inexpensive and surroundings helpful innovation to deal with the PBW,” famous Prashant Hegde, CEO (Agr- Organization) at PI Industries Ltd. As component of the CSR initiative, PI Basis is keen to assistance the location-large implementation of Venture Bandhan, he reported.

“Rasi Seeds Pvt Ltd has been supporting the Pink Bollworm marketing campaign in Vidarbha for the previous two many years, executed jointly by the SABC and Agrovision Basis. Our joint efforts have resulted in the administration of Pink Bollworm, especially in Vidarbha. We strengthen our motivation to assistance the revolutionary engineering and applications to boost cotton production and farmers’ realization. Venture Bandhan is a distinctive method focused to showcase the utility, efficacy of novel mating disruption engineering and IPM dependent production process,” reported Ramasami, Chairman of Rasi Seeds Pvt Ltd.