CSIR-IICT to support organic farming in Bhupalpally district

CSIR-IICT to support organic farming in Bhupalpally district
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The central research institute CSIR-IICT has come forward to lend technological support towards promotion of organic farming and sustainable agriculture practices in the district.

Bhupalpally: The central research institute CSIR-IICT has come forward to lend technological support towards promotion of organic farming and sustainable agriculture practices in the district.

A team of scientists from Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)- Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) has visited the district on Tuesday and held discussions with the District Collector, D Amoy Kumar and other senior officials.

They held talks on the technological initiatives to be taken for the development of district selected under backward districts development programme by NITI Aayog. The Collector asked the scientists to offer technical advice towards promotion of organic farming on large scale.

He also wanted the technological support to increase output in agriculture with minimum expenditure and allied activities, reducing usage of chemical fertilisers and pesticides to help farmers reduce inputs costs.

Similarly, Amoy Kumar also solicited technology to address the issues of seasonal diseases, malnutrition, ensure quality drinking water. Efforts were also needed to enhance educational standards in government schools and colleges, besides job oriented to unemployed youth.

The team of scientists comprising R Srinivas, M Sridhar Reddy, Hari Singh, and others told the Collector that they would offer pheromone technology to control the pink worm in cotton crop.

About one lakh pheromone traps would be provided to cotton farmers along with extension of technical support to prevent spread of diseases like malaria and filariasis.

Similarly, mobile teaching labs would be set up to enhance professional skills of teachers and to maintain quality educational standards, CSIR0IICT scientists told the Collector.

District revenue officer P Mohan Lal, district agriculture officer Anuradha, district educational officer Srinivas Reddy and others took part in the meeting.

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