Watch the detailed video of the book launch above!
Jodhpur: 2020, a historical year, has also been regarded by the UN as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). In this context, the South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC) – a not-for-profit organization, has prepared a comprehensive book “Crop Health Management – An Indian Story”, upholding the essence of the year. The book is a seminal work to the cause of the nation’s global campaign for crop health management. Going beyond a monotonous discussion about agriculture and crop protection in India, the book presents an account of the current scenario and prospects about crop health management in a simple to understand and effective manner.
While covering the various aspects of integrated pest management (IPM), Indian pesticide industry, biocontrol, organic farming, and other issues, the authors, Dr C.D Mayee, Dr Govind Gujar, Dr Yashika Kapoor, and Dr Bhagirath Choudhury have presented new scientific and business dimensions of crop health. The book provides an accurate overview of multiple farming methods including organic farming and IPM practical aspects, aiming to accelerate sustainable farming and food production in India.
Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Nitin Gadkari has released the book in presence of Kamal Patel, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of Madhya Pradesh. Mr Gadkari dedicated the book as a tribute to 140 million farmers families and scientific fraternity whose work and insights have supported the nation’s self-reliance in food production. “The book on crop health management embodies a significant body of knowledge and contribution of India in the global campaign of crop health,” said Gadkari.
“Highlighting that judicious use of pesticides, balanced with other tactics & integrated nutrient management (INM) and a thrust on organic farming can significantly aid both agriculture and the environment”, stated Kamal Patel, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of Madhya Pradesh. “Despite the serious crop damage and production losses from pest infestation, the country continues to enhance its food production during each successive year, with Madhya Pradesh contributing significantly to wheat, pulses and oilseed production”, alluded Kamal Patel.
The contemporary and thoughtful foreword from Dr T Mohapatra, DG ICAR and Secretary DARE, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare highlight that agricultural science in the event of increasing population aims at increasing food production.
“The book shining in its hues of orange brings enthusiasm about India’s achievements for crop health management and where the future path can lead”, said Dr CD Mayee, President of South Asia Biotechnology Centre. Every chapter implores different aspects of crop protection, tackling the issues with a sense of narrative. The inspiration for the various sections comes from the real-life issues where on the one hand, the agricultural operations need to balance human activities with the safeguard of the environment while on the other hand, the Indian farmers require knowledge upgrade and easy access to technical know-how. The regulatory frameworks, persisting myths, and potential areas have also been identified and targeted to present a holistic and balanced view, narrated Dr Mayee.
Ravi Boratkar, President, Agrovision Foundation, Nagpur recounted the field experiences of working with SABC to manage the pink bollworm in cotton in Vidarbha region as part of national campaign on “War on Pink bollworm” and invited farmers to take part in the 12th Agrovision, Central India’s biggest Agri Summit in February 2020.
As per the authors, the book has the following objectives:
Creating awareness of challenges that Indian agriculture is facing especially in respect of abiotic and biotic stresses that crops are subjected to.
Defining and propagating awareness for Integrated pest and nutrient management that includes responsible use of agrochemicals, biopesticides, agronomic, biological, biotechnological, preventive, and legal approaches
Preventing misuse of pesticides and encouraging their responsible use, demystifying notions of pesticides association with safety and environment.
Challenges and opportunities in agrochemical sector in India
Pesticide Management Bill 2020 and its need for a balanced regulatory framework to encourage IPM based crop health management