A national training programme on rodent, pest management, jointly organised by the department of Zoology of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and the National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM), Hyderabad, came to an end on Monday.
The training programme saw the participation of agriculture and horticulture development officers, and soil conservation officers from Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh.
As a part of the programme, trainees visited Dhanasu, Khasi Kalan, Latala and Ghutani Kalan villages in Ludhiana district for rodent damage appraisal in poultry farm sheds, wheat crop fields, sugarcane and berseme crops, and crops at the post-harvest stage.
Addressing the participants, Dr RS Sidhu, dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, said the problem of rodents was a matter of concern for the farmers.
“Awareness campaigns amongst the farming community about the effective rodent pest management are vital for controlling the problem,” Sidhu said.
Appreciating the training modules, Sidhu added that the training would benefit the participants, who played an important role in transferring these farm technologies to farmers at the grass-root level.
Additional director of communication Dr HS Sehgal said, “Creating awareness about rodent, pest problems and their management is the need of the hour.” Stressing upon the close interaction between scientists and users, Sehgal suggested the experts of Zoology department to organise such trainings in future also.
Assistant director of NIPHM Dr Srinivas Rao said that the institute would help PAU to organise more farmer-friendly trainings for food security.