21-22 April, 2014, Tsirang: The National Plant Protection Centre (NPPC) in collaboration with the Dzongkhag Agriculture sector, Tsirang conducted a fruit fly area wide management and powdery mildew training in Kikorthang and Dunglagang geog on 21 and 22 April, 2014. The training program is in continuation of the program implemented by the NPPC as part of the ACIAR citrus project that is being implemented since 2013. The fruit fly program has focused on effective community mobilisation in the two geogs with implementation of management strategies like protein baiting and fruit drop collection. Farmers were trained on aspects related to fruit fly biology, management strategies like protein baiting and timely collection and destruction of dropped fruits. In addition, training on safe use of pesticides and spray equipments were also imparted. A total of 33 groups have been formed in these two geogs with 230 farmers participating in area wide fruit fly management program.
Farmers were also trained on Powdery mildew and its management strategies. The disease management strategy using Sulphur dust to control this disease is being demonstrated in select orchards in these two geogs. The training program was also attended by the local leaders and the Citrus Coordinator from the Horticulture division.
-Reported by Kiran Mahat, NPPC
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