Management of cassava pests and diseases through sustainable agriculture

The lush eco-friendly cassava leaves that improve in abundance inside of the Mahatma Gandhi College campus notify the tale of a farming initiative that may improve the video game for tapioca cultivation throughout the tropical hills of Central Travancore.

In a considerable advancement, the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam has introduced a joint research initiative with the Siberian Federal University in Russia to develop wise fungicide capsules for guaranteeing better produce to the tuber crop.

The venture, spearheaded by the MGU Vice Chancellor Sabu Thomas, requires depositing these fungicide capsules in pits made near the tapioca crops at unique stages of progress. In the preliminary phase, the research focuses on the process of building a new farming program that will make tapioca a lot more worthwhile and reduce soil and water pollution due to fertilisers and pesticides.

“The fungicides are launched in a sustainable way from the biopolymers that are environmentally pleasant. Steps are also taken to make improvements to the general performance of these formulations, which have decreased toxicity than standard fungicides’‘, described Thomas.

This new generation agro-planning, according to him, will be a promising solution to safe and sound and sustainable agriculture.

The collaborative challenge worthy of ₹9.5 crore, which has entered its fourth 12 months, is currently being funded less than the Mega Grant of Russia .

Alexia Dudev and Nasezhda Strelsova, scientists from Siberia who have been part of the job explained a equivalent strategy was getting made use of in potato cultivation in Siberia. Scientists Blessy Joseph and Jeethu Kiran Prakash from the MG College are also portion of the initiative.