More than 52% of the total pesticides consumed in the country are finding their way into the cotton ecosystem alone. Our efforts to combat these pests by the indiscriminate and injudicious use of pesticides has resulted in several environmental hazards and this has necessitated the reorientation of our strategies to manage pests and diseases in an ecofriendly manner.
|For paddy, we have also developed a set of four films giving details on organic cultivation.
Traditional pest management tactics with indigenous technical knowledge of farmers are reported to be effective in managing pests and diseases to a large extent. These are the cultural practices, mechanical methods, biological methods, host plant resistance and use of biopesticides to suppress pests.
CIKS has been working towards developing a non-chemical packages for variety of crops. These packages are complete, end-to-end solutions that give farmers a set of technologies and practices covering areas like seed selection, storage, pest and disease management, and cultivation techniques.
The packages are delivered to the farmers through training programmes, backed up with user manuals. Our field staff are constantly available to the farmers to help them with implementation at every stage.
We have successfully developed packages for rice and cotton.
TESTING AND PROPAGATION OF METHODS BASED ON VRKSHAYURVEDA (TRADITIONAL INDIAN PLANT SCIENCE) FOR THE CULTIVATION OF SELECTED VEGETABLES.
CIKS has been involved in doing a lot of work relating to Vrkshayurveda for the past several years. Supported by DST, this project focuses on use of Vrkshayurveda, the traditional Indian plant science, for vegetable cultivation, and the development of organic packages for specific crops.
PACKAGES FOR TOMATO, BHENDI AND GROUNDNUT
With support from FAO, we have produced a set of booklets providing information on the organic cultivation techniques of the three main crops namely tomato, bhendi and groundnut. Steps to be followed in organic pest and disease management and preparation and use of biopesticides have also been dealt in detail.