Visakhapatnam

Tribal coffee growers educated on pest issues

ITDA Project Officer D.K. Balaji at a training programme for tribal farmers conducted jointly by the Coffee Board and ITDA, at Paderu in Visakhapatnam district on Thursday.

ITDA Project Officer D.K. Balaji at a training programme for tribal farmers conducted jointly by the Coffee Board and ITDA, at Paderu in Visakhapatnam district on Thursday.  

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‘Stem borer can destroy crop if safe practices are not adopted’

Regional Coffee Research Station, Coffee Board, RV Nagar, in association with Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), conducted a training programme on white stem borer management for 100 tribal farmers, at Paderu on Thursday.

With the stem borer attacking several coffee estates across the country, the programme was aimed at creating awareness on the behavior of the pest and its control.

Coffee Board, an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is engaged for promotion of coffee cultivation in the Agency areas of the State.

Crop acreage

Coffee plantation in around 80,000 hectares is benefiting over 1.84 lakh tribal families. White stem borer has emerged as the major pest of the crop in these areas. Project Officer of ITDA-Paderu D.K. Balaji inaugurated the workshop. Dr. Atiqur Rahman Bora, Deputy Director (Research), Regional Coffee Research Station, RV Nagar briefed about the pest and its ability to destroy coffee plantations if management practices were not adopted in time.

Dr. Surya Prakash Rao, Director of Research In-charge, spoke about the coffee scenario in Andhra Pradesh and its constraints, such as lack of recommended plant population in plantation, strategies to overcome the problem.

Joint Director Extension In-charge N.A. Mallikarjuna called for a strategy to prevent the attack of pest by resorting to community approach. Assistant Director (Coffee), ITDA V. Radhakrishna deliberated about the coffee acreage in the State.

The technical session of the workshop was headed by Dr. Rao, who explained the life cycle of the pest and its various detrimental effects for coffee plantations. He also mentioned about the different strategies for managing the pest like shade management in coffee plantations, removal of infested plants and organic management practices.

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