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This Exclusive Website will Help Farmers Deal with Fall Armyworm

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The Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Shri Parshottam Rupala dedicated an exclusive user & farmers’ friendly website on fall armyworm on the auspicious occasion of Shravan  Amavas on 1 August at New Delhi.  

The website http://www.fallarmyworm.org.in is developed by South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), New Delhi and supported by the agricultural sciences company FMC Corporation.  Dr. Sain Dass, former director of ICAR-IIMR, Dr. Bhagirath Choudhary, Director of South Asia Biotechnology Centre, Sh. Raju Kapoor Director – Public and Industry Affairs, FMC Corporation and Sh. Binod Anand, Secretary-General of CNRI were present during the launch of the website. 

Fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda is an invasive pest that has been a cause of concern for maize farmers in all maize growing areas of India. This website on fall armyworm supports farmers in the successful curbing of FAW in India through knowledge empowerment. 

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Minister  also released Gujarati version of four fall armyworm posters including “FAW life cycle”, “FAW IPM Triangle”, “Alert Farmer is SAFFAL Farmer” and “Tips for Farmers” for the benefits of Gujarati farmers who grow maize on 600,000 hectares in DahodGodharaSabarkanthaBanaskantha and Anand areas of Gujarat. 

Dedicating the FAW website, Minister Sh Rupala hailed the success of Project SAFFAL (Safeguarding Agriculture and Farmers against Fall Armyworm), which is conducting country-wide farmers’ awareness program on fall armyworm in major maize growing States of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat & Tamil Nadu.  

In this Kharif season, project SAFFAL conducted large numbers of mega farmers’ awareness programs & mobilized grassroots extension & State Agriculture Department officials, researchers, RAVE students, DAESI retailers and NGO to help maize farmers deal with the devastating fall armyworm.

Project SAFFAL has already distributed more than 30,000 posters on FAW in Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu and Tamil in the respective states for better awareness among farmers.

In order to reduce the cost of production, Project SAFFAL has educated farmers to install pheromone traps and distributed thousands of pheromone traps & lures to detect FAW at very early stage of infestation. Project SAFFAL has also educated farmers to wear personal protective equipment and distributed safety kits to smallholder maize farmers to reduce exposure and ensure personal safety. 

Testimonials of farmers’ awareness programs can be obtained from 

https://www.fallarmyworm.org.in/outreach-program.html 

https://www.fallarmyworm.org.in/outreach-program.html  

Focused on the welfare of maize farmers and other extension functionaries, the website on FAW contains data on control strategies, alerts & advisories issued by various organizations, SAFFAL FAW help center, research resources, and information from international & national institutions.

An interesting feature of the website is an interactive map showing the FAW experts’ network, providing the details of maize experts who can be reached for advice and guidance to control FAW all over India.  

Project SAFFAL is executed by South Asia Biotechnology Centre and supported by FMC Corporation and implemented in collaboration with key stakeholders in the maize value chain. 

 



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