Wednesday, April 24, 2013



A one-week national training on "Rodent Pest Management" has been jointly organized by the Department of Zoology of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and the National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM), Hyderabad. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Officers, and the Soil Conservation Officers from Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh are participating in the programme, organized under the aegis of Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.

Speaking on this occasion, the Chief Guest, Dr. M.S. Gill, Director of Extension Education, said that rodents are one of the serious pests of agricultural and horticultural crops. They cause damage both at pre and post-harvest stages, he pointed out, saying that this training programme will enhance the knowledge of the trainees about the rodent pest management. Dr Gill lauded the extension functionaries of the Department of Agriculture and Horticulture for creating awareness amongst the rural masses to counteract the rat menace. On this occasion, he also released a literature on "Recent Advances in Rodent Research in Punjab."

The Guest of Honour, Dr J.S. Dhiman, Additional Director of Research (Natural Resource and Plant Health Management), said that the damage, caused by the rodents accelerates on account of transmitting a number of diseases in human beings and livestock. Keeping this in view, various methods to control rodents have been developed which needs to be transferred to the large number of farmers, he emphasized.

An expert, Dr R.S. Tripathi, Project Coordinator, All India Network Project on Rodent Control, gave an orientation lecture to the participants.

Earlier, Dr. G.K. Sangha, Course Director-cum-Head of Zoology Department, welcomed the dignitaries and participants. She told that during the training programme, experts will lecture on rodent pests, their biology, distribution, behaviour, damages caused, methods of population and damage assessment along with different chemical and non-chemical methods of their management. The experts will include the scientists from All India Network Project on Rodent Control, PAU, as well as from other centres of ICAR, New Delhi. Dr Neena Singla, Zoologist (Rodents) and Course Coordinator, proposed a vote of thanks.
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