Integrated Pest Management
CropLife India introduces integrated pest management (IPM) principles in all its training sessions conducted for farmers. IPM encourages a variety of pest control methods, including the use of pest-resistant crops, the judicious use of pesticides and a variety of evaluation techniques following the principles of prevention, observation and intervention. From 2001, CropLife India conducted IPM – focused projects in Guntur and Punjab. In addition, all our member Companies promoted IPM as a component of their responsible-use programs.
Chilli IPM farmers in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh learned the importance of scouting their fields’ economic threshold levels, the use of predators and other farming skills to improve the quality of harvests and yields, thus opening the doors to export markets and better earnings. The project cut the number of sprays from 30 rounds per season down to 15-17 rounds, leading to better efficiency and cost savings for farmers.
CropLife India supported the training of farmers on the safe and judicious use of crop protection products. Training included the correct use of protective clothing, proper pesticides application methods and other issues that directly relate to safety when using pesticides.
Thousands of farmers in Kurnool (AP), West Bengal, Punjab and Karnataka states also benefit from CropLife India projects. They learned the cornerstones of responsible use through a number of demonstrations, exhibitions, media coverage, and education in field schools, publicity through posters, wall paintings, and hands-on training.