Business News | Innovative CREMIT PBW Capsule Pink Worm Mating Disruption Product Unveiled to Counter Threat
New Delhi [India]July 9 (ANI/TPT): To present viable solutions to the problem of pink bollworm which is prevalent in the Punjab and Haryana region and damaging cotton crops on a large scale, a two-day sensitization seminar – “Innovative strategies for the management of pink bollworm in cotton crops” was organised.
To counter pink bollworm, a product of mating disruption, CREMIT PBW was also unveiled for the first time in the region, during the program which was attended by a battery of agricultural scientists, crop experts and growers. cotton.
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The seminar was organized by ATGC Biotech Pvt Ltd, a Hyderabad-based company, which focuses on providing regional pest control solutions in India and abroad using synthetic pheromones.
This technology donation was offered to cotton farmers in Haryana and Punjab in the presence of Dr. YG Prasad, Director ICAR – ICRC. On this occasion, Dr. Harinder Singh, Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture of Punjab also marked his presence.
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Dr Markandeya Gorantla, Executive Chairman and Managing Director of ATGC Biotech, who unveiled the breakthrough product, said: “Pheromones are specific chemicals released by female insects into the air to attract males for mating. . The males follow the sex pheromone against the wind to locate and mate with the female. CREMIT PBW is a mating disruption product exclusively formulated for the control of pink bollworm (PBW). Mating disruption aims to disrupt chemical communication between the two sexes of the same insect species by dispensing synthetic sex pheromones.
Experts said that the new product is able to reduce the negative impact of pink bollworm and protect crop yield.
Dignitaries who attended the seminar included Dr. YG Prasad, Director, Central Cotton Research Institute, Nagpur; Dr N. Bakthavatsalam, Former Director, ICAR-NBAIR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Dr Rishi Kumar, Senior Scientist, Entomology, Central Cotton Research Institute, Sirsa; Dr AG Sreenivas, Professor of Agricultural Entomology and Head, UAS, Raichur, Karnataka and Dr Satnam Singh, Senior Researcher, Punjab Agricultural University.
Dr Rishi Kumar, Senior Scientist, Entomology, Central Cotton Research Institute, Sirsa, said: “The innovative CREMIT PBW product disrupts the mating of pink bollworm, ridding cotton farmers of this problem. It has been extensively tested and evaluated in different agro-climatic zones of India.
Dr. Satnam Singh, Senior Scientist, Entomology, Regional Station, Faridkot, Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab, said the program has been successful in sensitizing cotton farmers on control and management of pink bollworm.
It is worth mentioning that the technologies developed by ATGC Biotech Pvt Ltd address a national problem that has no solutions with conventional practices. ATGC is India’s first company to become first to market in pheromone-based automatic confusion and mating disruption technology that offers the solution to a wide range of food, forage, fiber and fruit crops. The company is currently focused on scaling these technologies and making them accessible to farming communities for safe quality products.
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