Course Overview

Insect pests cause huge economic loss to crops during pre-harvest and post harvest stages across the globe affecting  food production which is essential to meet the demands of growing human population. Avoiding such loss is of the immediate concern for all. However, looking into the complex nature of pests, their damage and loss, it is a huge challenge to the farmer in containing them.

This course mainly aims at right identification of pest causing economic damage in a crop based on damage symptoms expressed by the plant, understanding their nature of damage, identifying weak links in their life cycle and utilizing economic and eco-friendly techniques of management in a compatible manner in order to maintain the pest population at levels below those causing economic injury/damage. 

The course will cover the basics of insects as pests, reasons for their outbreak resulting in crop loss, types of pests, common diagnostic methods to be employed and common management strategies to be followed in managing them. Later, course explains in detail about important pests occurring on major groups of field crops viz., cereals, pulses, oil seeds and commercial crops commonly grown in South East Asian countries. Further, the course also deals with pests occurring on stored grains and their management.

Course Audience

  • Students of state and central Agricultural Universities 
  • Government and Non Government Organisations working in Agriculture and allied sectors
  • Extension personnel of Department of Agriculture/Horticulture 
  • Plant protection specialists working in ICAR Krishi Vigyan Kendras  
  • Progressive Farmers 
Learning Outcomes
  • What is a pest, its significance and types
  • Diagnostic methods employed in detection of different categories of pests
  • Nature and symptoms of damage caused by pests of cereals, pulses, oil seeds and commercial crops
  • Eco-friendly management of pests in various cropping ecosystems
  • Important pests of stored grains and their management.
  • Crop pests, their significance and categories
  • Pests of cereals and millets and their management
  • Pests of pulses and their management
  • Pests of oil seeds and their management
  • Pests of commercial crops and their management
  • Stored grain pests and their management