ATMA Botsa Block team along with the farmers during the training and demonstration on IPM held at Botsa Village, Kohima on May 15. (Photo Courtesy: ATMA Botsa)
Kohima, May 18 (MExN): ATMA Botsa Block conducted training and demonstration on Integrated Pest Management of Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera Frugiperda) taking into consideration the severity of its recent infestation at Botsa Village on May 15.
The resource person Kebengi Kent (ATM) explained the nature and life cycle of Fall Armyworm, its infestation and management techniques (stages of controlling the infestation). Farmers were encouraged on use of organically homemade pesticides using neem and marigold extracts. She also shared about the history and current scenario of the pest and its rate of infestation in Nagaland.
Practical demonstration on use and application of bio-pesticides i.e Neem oil, Beauveria Bassiana (Entomopathogens); its formulation, quantity and interval for application were demonstration were doen by BTM Khrievi Tachu at a farmer’s field. Both organic and chemical insecticides were distributed to the farmers and were advised to go for Emamectin Benzoate 5% SG (insecticide) for higher infestations. A press release informed that hirteen farmers from Botsa, Teichuma and Tuophema villages attended the programme.