NBAII-NAIP conducted field day at Dharmapuri on 22nd Feb. 2014.

Field day on Biological control of crop pests using stress tolerant natural enemies like Trichogramma chilonis, Chrysoperla zastrowi sillemi, Trichoderma harzianum and Pseudomonas flourescens on tomato, brinjal and cotton was conducted jointly with KVK, Dharmapuri, on 22.01.2014 at Papparapatti, Dharmapuri. Dignitaries namely Dr. Sudhir Kocchar, National Coordinator, NAIP, ICAR, New Delhi and Dr. Abraham Verghese, Director, NBAII, Bangalore, Dr. S.K. Jalali, CPI, NAIP and Dr. Tamil Selvan, Head, KVK, Dharmapuri, Joint Director of Horticulture, Dharmapuri and scientists and staffs of NBAII participated and the team visited the farmer's field and interacted about adoption of technologies. More than 100 progressive farmers attended the field day and folder on "Biological control of pests of crops uses stress tolerant natural enemies" in English and Tamil was released. Various lectures on biocontrol of crops pests and diseases including demonstration kits were distributed to the farmers. Dr. S.K. Jalali and his team Dr.T. Venkatesan, Dr. J. Poorani, Dr. K. Srinivasamurthy, Dr. S. Sriram, Dr. Rangeshwaran, Dr. G. Sivakumar and Dr. Abraham Verghese were felicitated with a Team Award in Recognition of Development and Adoption of Stress Tolerant Natural Enemies Technologies under NAIP-ICAR by Society for Biocontrol Advancement, Bangalore. The programme was given wide publicity in DD1 News, Radio and local daily.

XXII Worshop of AICRP on Biological Control of Crop Pests and Weeds

The XXII Workshop of AICRP on Biological Control of Crop Pests was conducted at NBAII, Bangalore during 24-25th May, 2013 to review the progress of work done by different AICRP centers during 2012-13 and to finalize the Technical Programme for the next two years 2013-14 and 2014-15. Dr. K. D. Kokate, DDG (Extension), Dr. T. P. Rajendran ADG(PP), ICAR, Dr. B. Senapati, RAC- Chairman, Dr. A. Sidhu, Director, IIHR, Dr. Prabhu Kumar, Project Director, ZPD, Dr. Abraham Verghese, Director, NBAII, Dr. R. Ramani, Director, IINGR, Ranchi, eminent Entomologists like Dr. G. K. Veeresh, Dr. C.A. Viraktamath, Dr. T. Manjunath, Consultant on Biocontrol, Dr. Parvatha reddy, Ex-Director, IIHR and 80 scientists of AICRP on Biocontrol and NBAII and other PC’s/PI’s Dr. Thakur, Dr. Tripathi and Dr. Srinivas and representatives from Biocontrol Industry attended the workshop. The progress of research on biological control of insect pests, plant diseases and nematodes of various crops using parasites, predators, pathogens and antagonists was thoroughly discussed and the recommendations and the Technical Programme for 2013-14 and 2014-15 were finalized.

Honourable Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi, visited National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects, Bangalore on 14th May 2013.

Inauguration of New Laboratory Complex and Farmers training hall of NBAII at Yelahanka, Bangalore

Honourable Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, New Delhi, inaugurated the new laboratory complex with five research laboratories, and a farmers training hall of National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects (NBAII) at their Yelahanka Campus, where their research farm is located on 16th March 2013. This laboratory complex constructed at a cost of 1.18crore, has ample space for the scientists of NBAII to conduct the farm research trials for the technologies developed in the area of pollination ecology, biological control of crop pests including polyhouse pests, conservation of agriculturally important insects and biodiversity of agriculturally important insects in different cropping ecosystems. The Farmers can be exposed to on-farm field trials and expose to research advancement made through the farmers training hall at this new facility.

Honourable Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, New Delhi, inaugurating the new laboratory complex at Yelahanka Campus, Bangalore.