Two new biopesticides to combat fungal, viral pests

Last Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 18:22

Puducherry: Two new bio pesticides to combat
fungal and viral pests attacking paddy, sugarcane, cotton and
groundnut among other crops have been developed by the
Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Krishi Vigyan Kendra (PKKVK) in the
union territory.

Chief Minister V Vaithilingam said the State BioControl
Laboratory attached to PKKVK has developed the two bio
pesticides --beauveria and nucleo polyvendro virus.

He told reporters last night that technology models and
latest products enabling farmers have first hand information
on production technologies, machinery, seeds, fertilisers,
micronutrients, hitech nursery products, bio pesticides,
ornamental plants and fish, fodder crop and mushroom spawn
would be showcased at PKKVK`s programme to hold a `technology
week` from Jan 25 here.

PKVK was the first centre Indian Council of Agricultural
Research launched in India in 1974. Other parts of the country
had such kendras subsequently over the years.

He said the government was keen on upgrading PKKVK into the
status of a science and research centre as it had been
approved as a centre for training entrepreneurs in food
processing.

Mahe and Yanam, enclaves of the union territory, would
soon have krishi vigyan kendras, he said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 18:22

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