Crop Health Management

H/A: 2401-00-107-78 Rs. 900.00 lakh

The approach of crop health management will be to bring together management towards sustainable ecosystems and people's health through Good Plant Protection Practices (GPPP). An amount of ₹ 900.00 lakh is earmarked under this scheme for the following components.

       The Pest Scouts are field persons and will be deputed mainly for field activities and not for administrative work. The Pest Scouts will assist the Agricultural Officer in the field work of comprehensive management and supervision under the "Farm Plan Based Development approach" through field visits. A separate schedule will be charted in consultation with Agricultural Officers/Assistant Directors. The field visits details will be made available through the portal which will be developed and will be authorized by the Agricultural Officer. The cost of field visits will be provided from the schemes under the approach.

      Advisories will be provided to the farmers based on systematic surveillance. An amount of ₹ 160.00 lakh is earmarked for Pest forecasting & advisory services. An amount of ₹ 100.00 lakh is allocated for upgradation of the existing Plant Health Clinics. The fixed plot and rowing survey will be carried out in linkage with the plant health clinics alone, with reduced number of fixed plots with flexibility at block level. The data will be shared with other government departments. ICT based pest surveillance system through IIITMK will be carried out in coordination with KCPM for which ₹ 15.00 lakh is set apart. The pest surveillance report and action taken for effective pest control will be digitally recorded and updated by KCPM and linked with the farmer registration portal.

         The 9 parasite breeding stations functioning under the department will be strengthened to promote parasite breeding and production of bio control agents. An amount of ₹ 50.00 lakh is set apart for this. This includes ₹ 5.00 lakh set apart for operational expenses of KCPM including training at plant health clinics.

An amount of ₹ 75.00 lakh is set apart for rodent control and management of wild life attack through technology support.