To mark the successful completion of 25 years, the Association for Advancement of Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems (AAPMHE), a scientific society hosted at ICAR–Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (ICAR-IIHR), Bengaluru is organising an International Conference on Plant Protection in Horticulture: Advances and Challenges (ICPPH-2019) at ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru, during July 24-27, 2019. About 300 delegates from India and abroad (Egypt, Nepal, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, UK and USA etc.) are participating in the three day deliberations on emerging issues related to pest management in horticultural crops. This conference is supported by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), The Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) under Department of Science & Technology, National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM), Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), National Horticultural Board (NHB), National Bee Board (NBB), Department of Horticulture, Govt. of Karnataka.
The conference has the attendance of the eminent scientists of national and international repute. Dr. C.D. Mayee, an eminent Plant Pathologist and Former Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board was the Chief Guest. The Guests of Honour were Dr. P. Parvatha Reddy, Ex. Director, IIHR; Dr. B.N.S. Murthy, Horticulture Commissioner, Government of India, Dr. Claire Beverley, Head, Plantwise Knowledge Bank, CABI. The conference is being organized under the Chairmanship of Dr. M.R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR and Dr. M. Krishna Reddy, President AAPMHE as Co-Chairman and Dr. V. Sridhar, Secretary AAPMHE as the Organisng Secretary.
In his welcome address, Dr. M.R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR had welcomed all the dignitaries, Directors and Heads of the ICAR institutes in Bengaluru, executive council & members of AAPMHE, delegates to the conference, Heads of Divisions in IIHR etc. He urged the attendees to flag the leads after deliberations so that the institute will formulate some of the projects on the issues flagged. Dr. M. Krishna Reddy, had introduced to the audience about how the society AAPMHE had come into existence and what is the relevance of today’s conference and what is expected out from the deliberations. He had remembered how the first issue of the journal, ‘Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems’ was bought out in July 1995 and since then till date how timely issues were being published with all efforts of the editorial board and the other members. Dr. Parvatha Reddy also membered the days when the society was formed as an entomology’s club and then expanded to cover all aspects of pest management in horticultural crops. He had mentioned about the areas such as non-chemical pest management, biotechnological & nano-technological approaches the researchers of plant protection sciences has to concentrate and work together. Dr. B.N.S. Murthy had spoken about the areas which the government is looking forward to work on the traceability in horticulture. He informed that the efforts are being made at the ministry level to meet the demand of the quality planting in the country and to bring in the concept of the cluster farming in horticulture with the end to end solution support. He was of the opinion that we should look for that cause which is minimizing the quality production and address that cause for maximizing the profitability. Dr. C.D. Mayee in his address as Chief Guest had asked the young scientists to have a stronger foundation of basic agricultural sciences to address the complex problems in agriculture and horticulture. He said that all the plant protection researchers to remember three ‘R’s – Resistance, Residue and Resurgence in the pest management and work accordingly.
Dr. C.D. Mayee, Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, Bioversity International’s Regional Representative in South and Central Asia and Dr. Manjunatha K. Naik, Vice Chancellor, UAHS, Shivamogga had delivered keynote address. The conference has eight scientific sessions covering different areas like Biodiversity, Biological Control, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Pesticide residues, Transfer of technology, Biotechnology etc. Two satellite workshops on Semiochemicals and Transboundary Pests are also being organized in partnership with NIPHM, Hyderabad and CABI, UK respectively. It is expected that the conference will come out with valid recommendations to tackle pest problems in the country under the changing climatic conditions and thereby helping the farming community to mitigate the crop loss due to biotic stress.
During the inaugural function, Dr. V.G. Prasad Award for Best Paper was awarded to Dr. Divya Balakrishnan, Dr. P.D. Kamala Jayanthi and Dr. Mahesh R Ghule. Dr. S. Sithanantham Biennial Award for Excellence in Biological Control Research was awarded to Dr. T. Venkatesan, Dr. R.K. Murali Baskaran, Dr. S. Sriram. The AAPMHE fellowship was conferred to Dr. Dhanjay Naik, Dr. T.N. Shivananda, Dr. Vaggeshbabu S Hanur, Dr. Achala Paripurna, Dr. J. Jaya Kumar, Dr. Sandeep Singh and Dr. K. Suresh. The conference also felicitated the Chief Guest and all the Founder Executive Council Members of AAPMHE. Dr. V. Sridhar proposed vote of thanks. He thanked the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the Ministries of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Home Affairs, External Affairs for supporting this conference. He thanked all the Directors and Heads of the ICAR institutes in Bengaluru for gracing the occasion and all sponsors, the AAPMHE members and the staff of ICAR-IIHR for making the conference a great success.
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