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‘Farm sector loses Rs. 90,000 cr. yearly’

Going public: J.H. Kulkarni (second from left), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, releasing the findings of a report, in Haveri on Friday.

Going public: J.H. Kulkarni (second from left), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, releasing the findings of a report, in Haveri on Friday.  

Staff Correspondent

Conference on pest management under way



40 per cent of crop losses caused by pests, weeds and insects

Several problems associated with use of hybrid seeds



HAVERI: J.H. Kulkarni, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, has said that nearly 40 per cent of crop losses in the country are caused by insects, pests, diseases and weeds. This translates into losses amounting to Rs. 90,000 crore every year.

He was inaugurating a two-day national conference on “New Horizons in Insect, Pest Management” at the KLE Society’s G.H. College here on Friday. The conference is being sponsored by the University Grants Commission.

“India being a developing country with limited resources cannot afford to have such huge losses. Efforts should be made to minimise them,” he said.

Hybrids and improved varieties of seeds used during the post-Green Revolution period need more fertilizers and pesticides. Capital-intensive, chemical-based production systems gradually lead to environmental problems such as loss of soil fertility, decreased biodiversity, resurgence of diseases, lower resistance and, lastly, environmental pollution,” he said.

A.K. Chakravarthy, professor of Entomology at UAS, Bangalore, delivered the keynote address.

Principal of the college B.S. Gavi and member of the KLE Society Board of Management M.C. Kolli were present.

As many as 140 delegates from across the country are participating in the programme.

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