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Management of cassava pests and diseases through sustainable agriculture

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The lush inexperienced cassava leaves that develop in abundance inside the Mahatma Gandhi University campus inform the story of a farming initiative which will change the sport for tapioca cultivation throughout the tropical hills of Central Travancore.

In a big improvement, the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam has launched a joint analysis initiative with the Siberian Federal University in Russia to develop sensible fungicide capsules for guaranteeing higher yield to the tuber crop.

The undertaking, spearheaded by the MGU Vice Chancellor Sabu Thomas, entails depositing these fungicide capsules in pits made close to the tapioca crops at totally different phases of progress. In the preliminary part, the analysis focuses on the method of creating a brand new farming system that can make tapioca extra worthwhile and decrease soil and water air pollution attributable to fertilisers and pesticides.

“The fungicides are launched in a sustainable method from the biopolymers which can be environmentally pleasant. Measures are additionally taken to enhance the efficiency of these formulations, which have decrease toxicity than typical fungicides’‘, defined Thomas.

This new era agro-preparation, in accordance with him, will likely be a promising answer to secure and sustainable agriculture.

The collaborative undertaking price ₹9.5 crore, which has entered its fourth yr, is being funded underneath the Mega Grant of Russia .

Alexia Dudev and Nasezhda Strelsova, scientists from Siberia who’ve been half of the undertaking mentioned the same methodology was being utilized in potato cultivation in Siberia. Researchers Blessy Joseph and Jeethu Kiran Prakash from the MG University are additionally half of the initiative.