After the satisfactory performance of National IPM Project in field of Insect Pest Management, Finance Division (GoP) has approved the transfer and conversion of projet along with 19 posts from development to non-development side with existing staff w.e.f. 1st July 2010.
Currently, National IPM Programme is implementing two projects i.e. “Management of CLCuV disease through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Techniques by adopting Farmers Field School (FFS) approach” and “Integrated Crop Management Practices to Enhance Value Chain outcome for Mango industry in Pakistan and Australia” with the support of ICARDA and ASLP respectively.
Project1. INTEGRATED CROP MANAGEMENT PRACTICES TO ENHANCE VALUE CHAIN OUTCOME FOR MANGO INDUSTRY IN PAKISTAN AND AUSTRALIA
- Establishment of disease free nurseries
- Improved Mango Orchard Management
- Integrated Strategies for the management of field diseases and pests of mango
- Prevalence and impact of postharvest studies
- The enhancement of extension and capacity building
Establishment of disease free nurseries
High health mango nurseries following standard protocols have been established at Research Institutes in Punjab and Sindh. There are 12 such commercial nurseries in Pakistan producing high health plants and selling them on premium price.
Improved Mango Orchard Management
The project has developed and distributed the pre harvest mango orchard management protocols separately for both Punjab and Sindh provinces. Pruning and canopy management trials showed good results in terms of plants health, vigor and reduced tree heights with no compromise on yield reduction. Adoption of improved technology has increased farmer income upto Rs. 100,000/acre.
Integrated Strategies for the management of field diseases and pests of mango
A coloured guide to identify and manage mango sudden death has been developed and distributed to more than 5000 growers. Moreover, during field trainings 4000 farmers are given awareness about mango diseases and their management.
Improved Mango Orchard Management
There are 41 demo Orchards in Punjab and Sindh from which 400 growers are getting benefits for improvement.
The enhancement of extension and capacity building
More than 487 growers, 150 Field Assistants and 150 Agriculture Extension Officers were given training on canopy management, budding and grafting and identification of field diseases of mango.
Project 2. “MANAGEMENT OF CLCUV DISEASE THROUGH INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM) TECHNIQUES BY ADOPTING FARMERS FIELD SCHOOL (FFS) APPROACH” ICARDA-USDA Project 2011-2015
- To develop the capacity of the key stakeholders in managing CLCuV disease in cotton growing areas of Pakistan
- To transfer CLCuV management practices through adopting FFS approach as participatory learning groups (PLGs)
- To draw conclusions for the institutionalization of CLCuV management protocols for research, extension and other development agencies
Under ICARDA-USDA CLCuV project since 2011-12 the following are the key outputs:
- Creation and improvement in knowledge and awareness as well as capacity building of 13745 small cotton farmers and 54 agriculture extension personnel, community activists and facilitators of ten cotton growing districts of Sindh and Punjab provinces (Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, DG Khan Khanewal, Khairpur, Multan, Nawabshah, Sanghar, Umerkot and Vehari) regarding integrated management of CLCuV through establishing 321 Farmer Field School (FFS) and 279 Participatory Learning Groups (PLGs).
- The major and successful CLCuV management practice was the use of macro and micronutrients (foliar application) for the recovery of cotton crop from CLCuV disease. Early sowing and resistant varieties also gave good production with less incidence of the viral disease.
- A guideline entitled “Cotton Best Management Practices” has been developed for farming community and stakeholders. One FFS Data Record Keeping Book has also been developed in the project.