Fall Armyworm In Focus at APSA Field Crops Session

KUALA LUMPUR: Two pest management experts will inform, update and enlighten seed and crop managers on the destructive Fall Army Worm (Spodoptera Frugiperda) into Asia, while sharing proven approaches to contain and control the destructive pest which has rapidly spread throughout Asia this year. The session, organized by APSA’s Special Interest Groups on Field Crops, will take place from 8.30 to 11am on November 26 in Extension Hall 7A on the 3rd floor of the Asian Seed Congress venue. The first presentation, entitled “Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Fall Armyworm in Maize Production” will be delivered by Dr. B.M. Prasanna. Dr. Maruit Prasanna is the Director of Global Maize Program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and also directs the Maize Research Program at the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). According to Dr. Prasanna’s abstract, it is “essential for seed companies to develop effective, coordinated, and flexible approaches to manage Fall Army Worm within the endemic areas, especially in hybrid maize seed production hubs.” Click here for more details. The second presentation, entitled “Grassroots approach to management of fall armyworm in India” will be delivered by Dr Bhagirath Choudhary. A seasoned agriculture professional with two decades of experience in agriculture-technology-food continuum in India,  Dr. Choudhary is a founder director of not-for-profit scientific organization, South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), New Delhi. He is also a Board Member with the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India. His 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 and life cycle, feeding habits, adverse economic impact assessment, distribution and migration, and best practices to effectively manage the pest.” Click here for full bio and abstract.