Telangana: The Scientists of the World Vegetable\nCentre South Asia which is located at ICRISAT in Hyderabad, have developed an \u2018Integrated\nPest Management\u2019 (IPM) approach for controlling the notorious pest \u2018Tuta Absoluta\u2019 that affects tomato\ncrops and can destroy up to 100 per cent of the crop it infests.\n\n\n\nThe\npest management approach was developed under the project \u2018Resist Detect Protect:\nwide spectrum insect resistance and sound management strategies to\nsustainability manage insect pests on Solanaceous vegetables in South Asia.\n\n\n\nWith\nthe help of innovative farmers, Venkat Reddy and Krishnaiah of Chinchalpet\nvillage, WorldVeg piloted an IPM strategy for the control of Tuta absoluta pest\nthat was found to be damaging the crop up to 25% in the farms of the villages.\n\n\n\n As the damage symptoms of this insect pest\nappear similar to those caused by leaf miner, farmers were adopting the same\ncontrol measures, before WorldVeg could set up this IPM trial.\n\n\n\nThe\napproach was earlier tested at Madanapalle in Andhra Pradesh, while in\nTelangana, the scientists have chosen Chinchalpet village in Nawabpet Mandal,\nVikarabad District to test the effectiveness of their approach. The farmers\nhere have attributed around 25 per cent damage to their crops to Tuta absoluta.\n\n\n\n Dr. Ramasamy Srinivasan, Lead Entomologist & Flagship Program Leader \n\n\n\nSpeaking\nto siasat.com, Dr. Ramasamy Srinivasan, Entomologist said, \u201cThe pest management\ntechnique developed by us can reduce the damage, increase the marketable yield\nand income of the farmers, while substantially reducing the use of chemical\npesticides in tomato\u201d.\n\n\n\nFurther\nhe says that the integrated pest management approach, the monitoring tools and\nmanagement tools are combined to tackle the pest, we use pheromones as a\nmonitoring tool and then bio pesticides especially BT, Beaveria and neem oil to\nsprayed to manage the pest apart from using selected chemical pesticides, if\nnecessary. Mr. Srinivasan added. \n\n\n\nRecently\nWorldVeg have also conducted a field day at Chinchalpet village aiming to disseminate\nthese strategies among the tomato growing farmers and help them adopt safer\nproduction technologies.\n\n\n\n Dr. Ramakrishna M. Nair, Global Plant Breeder-Legumes \n\n\n\nDr. Ramakrishna M. Nair, Global Plant Breeder-Legumes told to siasat.com that the South Asia promotes home gardens and urban\/peri-urban vegetable production and marketing for income generation, nutritional security, diet diversification and health and also good agricultural practices to safely produce vegetables under covered production systems. \n\n\n\nThe Center\u2019s legume breeding program\nhas been hosted by South Asia focusing on improved varieties of mungbean and\nvegetable soybean, with additional work on cowpea and yard-long bean.\nIdentifying and introducing suitable vegetable lines to share\nwith national partners for distribution has been one of the activities of South\nAsia.\n\n\n\nAbout World Vegetable Center \n\n\n\nWorld Vegetable Center (WorldVeg), formerly known as Asian\nVegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC), is the principal\ninternational agricultural research centre dedicated to vegetable research and\ndevelopment founded in 1971 in Shanhua, Southern Taiwan. WorldVeg conducts\nresearch, builds networks, and carries out training and promotion activities to\nraise awareness of the role of vegetables for improved health and global\npoverty alleviation. Using an interdisciplinary approach, WorldVeg works with\nits partners in various countries to develop and disseminate technologies and\ninformation on vegetable value chains. \n\n\n\nWorldVeg South Asia regional office was established in\n2006 on the campus of the International Crops Research Institute for the\nSemi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Hyderabad, India.