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Union Agriculture Ministry launches Biological Control Lab in Hyderabad

The Integrated Biological Control Laboratory at the National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM) in Hyderabad.

The Integrated Biological Control Laboratory at the National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM) in Hyderabad, Telangana, was inaugurated today by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar.

During the inauguration, Minister Tomar emphasized the importance of utilizing biocontrol methods to combat the negative impacts of excessive pesticide use in various crops. He stressed the need to reduce cultivation costs and increase farmers’ income through the adoption of biocontrol techniques.

This approach will help mitigate their adverse effects on the environment and human health while contributing to improved soil and plant health. The BC Lab also features an Insect Museum, weed museum, exhibition hall, and Natural Farming Cell, which showcase agriculturally important insect and weed specimens in preserved or live forms.

On Monday Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare inaugurated the Integrated Biological Control Laboratory at the National Institute of Plant Health Management( NIPHM) in Hyderabad.

After the inauguration, he accentuated more upon the application of biocontrol for pests. The chemical pesticide has created a colossal reck upon the environment. Therefore its usage will help to reduce the cost of cultivation and improve farmers’ standard of living.

The new Integrated Bio Control Laboratory (BC Lab) is a state of art laboratory in NIPHM, have  facilities for giving hands on experience on production methodologies for Biopesticides, Biocontrol agents like predators and parasitoids, Entomopathogenic fungi, Bio fertilizers, NPV, Pheromone and Botanicals.

The establishment of this facility marks a significant milestone in India’s journey towards chemical-free and sustainable agriculture. It will support extension functionaries in promoting non-chemical pest management options for agricultural and horticultural crops. The trained officers will then pass on their knowledge to farmers in their respective areas, encouraging the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices and the use of eco-friendly pest management techniques.

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