JAMMU, AUG 18: Dr RK Walia, Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP-Nematodes) ICAR-IARI, Division of Nematology, New Delhi conducted on field demonstration at Potato Development Farm Nathatop for sensitization of officers and staff of Department of Agriculture on identification/sampling and preventive measures for Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN) here today.
Those who accompanied him on field visit include Dr KS Risam, Director Extension, SKUAST Jammu, RL Bhagat, Joint Director of Agriculture (Extension), Jammu, Dr Rama Kant Sharma, Deputy Director SAMETI, SKUAST-JAMMU, S Arvinder Singh Reen, Potato Development Officer Jammu and other senior officers of the Department.
Earlier, yesterday one-day awareness programme on identification and mapping of hill potato growing area for presence of Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) was organized by the Department of Agriculture at Conference Hall, Krishi Bhawan TalabTillo Jammu.
Dr RK Walia New Delhi participated as chief resource person. On the occasion Dr Walia highlighted the importance of conducting more surveys to identify PCN endemic areas in the state and taking all preventive measures against PCN as nematodes contributes about 25 pc total crop loss.
The continuous decline of yield over years reported in hill potato growing areas of division Jammu is indicator of presence of PCN. Dr Walia suggested cultivation of PCN resistant variety viz. Kufri Swarna, Kufri Neelema, Sanitization and Solarization of potato fields, Rotation with non-Host crops like radish, cabbage, cauliflower, turnip, garlic, carrot, beetroot and so on as some of the control measures against PCN.