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CSAAU gets Rs 6 crore for research

Written by: Staff

Kanpur, Mar 5 (UNI) Chandra Shekhar Azad Agricultural University (CSAAU), Kanpur, has received Rs six crore grant for research on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Fruit-Fly Management to reduce production losses caused due to crop diseases.

Talking to mediapersons here, CSAAU vice chancellor M M Agrawal said the Institute, which was adjudged the 'Centre of Excellence,' would invest Rs 2.50 crore on IPM research.

''The production yield each year reduced considerably due to pests...with the help of IPM, the losses would be minimised,'' he added.

He said Rs 3.50 crore were received for research on Fruit-Fly as in recent years, the export of mango had suffered to a great extent due to such diseases.

''As India is bulk exporter of more than 70 per cent mangoes of the total world production, it was necessary to produce high quality crop free from diseases to augment exports.'' Agrawal said since the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regime had come into being, the farmers were required to produce standard products to attract foreign buyers.

He suggested farmers to produce 'urad', 'moong' and 'surajmukhi' as these crops improved soil fertility.


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