Founder Director, South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), New Delhi & Board Member, Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India
The global agriculture saw the uprising of fall armyworm in 2016 in Africa, which invaded different geographical regions in the following years, and reached India in 2018. A pest of gregarious hunger, intense feeding, and favorer of maize, Fall Armyworm has spread to major maize growing areas across India. Since its first reported infestation, the fall armyworm has already resulted in substantial losses in maize production in Southern, Central & Northern India and is likely to pose a grave danger to farmers’ income, livelihood and national food security. In Kharif 2019, a nation-wide project Safeguarding Agriculture & Farmers against Fall Armyworm (Project SAFFAL) www.fallarmyworm.org.in in collaboration with FMC India and other downstream industry has shown a path forward to effective management of invasive fall armyworm in India. The presentation will discuss the salient features of our grassroots approach that intends to address the knowledge gap, comprehend the nature of fall armyworm, its biology & life cycle, feeding habits, adverse economic impact assessment, distribution and migration, and best practices to effectively manage fall armyworm in India.
Dr Bhagirath Choudhary is a seasoned agriculture professional with two decades of experiences in agriculture-technology-food continuum in India. He has obtained his education from Rajasthan Agricultural University (RAU), Udaipur; Asian Institute of Technology and Ghent University, Belgium. He serves as a founder director of a not-for-profit scientific organization, South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), New Delhi that was establish to create an enabling ecosystem for technological applications in agriculture and to facilitate the transfer of Bio-innovations from the lab to the land for the growth prospects for the bioeconomy of India. Recognizing his contribution to agriculture & food sector, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry of the Government of India has appointed him as a board member of the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), New Delhi. He also serves as director (Independent) of AFC India Limited (Formerly Agricultural Finance Corporation of India), Mumbai.