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Sensitisation on ‘Fusarium wilt’

Sensitisation on ‘Fusarium wilt’
Participants, scientists and officials from different states after the programme.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/11/2019 11:22:12 AM IST

Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH), Nagaland and ICAR-National Research Centre of Banana, Tiruchirapalli and Central Institute of Sub-Tropical Horticulture-Lucknow conducted  awareness programme to sensitize all the stakeholders on prevention of a deadly strain of “Fusarium wilt tropical race 4” in banana on November 9. 

A press release by CIH Nagaland stated that the programme was inaugurated by commissioner  and secretary of Horticulture, Y. Kikheto Sema. In his address, he urged the scientists to find out the ways to prevent the occurrence of tropical race 4 (TR-4) in Nagaland and suggested conducting similar awareness programme in the farmers field. 

Dr.N. K. Krishnakumar, country representative of Bioversity International, New Delhi and former DDG (Horticulture), ICAR stressed on the importance of quarantine measures for the prevention of the strain TR-4 and asked all the stakeholders to adopt it strictly.

Dr. Azeze Seye, scientist ICAR Research Complex for NEH, Jharmapani, Nagaland presented on scenario of banana in North Eastern region and informed that Nagaland has got very good wild plants which can be used as breeding material against pest and diseases of banana. 

Dr. Prakash Patil, co-ordinator of AICRP (Fruits), Bengaluru gave a presentation on linking of research activities with technological needs in India and promised to supply banana special nutrient mixture to the research stations in Nagaland for evaluation for the increase in the yield of banana.  Dr. Thangavelu, principal scientist from ICAR-NRCB who first identified the presence of tropical race 4 in India gave a presentation of various aspects of Fusarium wilt disease and steps to be taken to prevent the occurrence of tropical race 4 in the uninfected regions like NEH states.

Dr. T. Damodaran, principal scientist (Hort.), ICAR-CSSRI, RRS, Lucknow and Dr. S. Rajan, director, CISH, Lucknow gave presentations about the development and use of the ICAR-FUSICONT technology and also explored the strategy to demonstrate FUSICONT technology to prevent Fusarium TR-4 in North Eastern states with the help of Central Institute of Horticulture. 

Earlier, Dr. B.N.S. Murthy, Horticulture commissioner, India in his welcome address emphasized that there should be a national level campaign to create awareness among all the stakeholders of banana so that the disease can be contained effectively. 

Dr. N. K. Patle, deputy commissioner of Horticulture, DAC & FW and director, CIH, Nagaland thanked all the participants and assured the ICAR scientists for all kinds of support. 

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