Dr. D. D. K. Sharma
Food and nutritional security is of utmost importance for the burgeoning population in the country. On an average 15-20% potential crop production is lost due to insect, pests, weeds, diseases, nematodes, rodents etc., thus plant protection efforts aim at minimizing crop losses. The plant protection strategies and activities have significant importance in the overall crop production programmes for sustainable agriculture. Enforcement of Destructive Insects & Pests Act, 1914 for prevention of exotic pests; promotion of Integrated Pest Management (IPM); Implementation of Insecticides Act, 1968 for regulating import, manufacture, sale & use of pesticides; monitoring and control of desert locust in the Scheduled Desert Area and human resource development in Plant protection through training are the major aspects covered by Directorate of Plant Protection Quarantine & Storage.
This organization under Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has always been at the forefront for change in Indian agriculture. With this beginning we hope to bring in a change in the plant protection for the benefit of farmers. Farmers as human beings are also curious and have a huge appetite for knowing about the happenings in the field of agriculture & plant protection. The capacity building of farmers, State extension functionaries Agriculture officers, pesticides dealers is one of the important activities performed by this organization. In changing scenario our agriculture is being more knowledge intensive. For adopting improved agriculture farming, farmers need updated knowledge and specific skills for performing the present agriculture. This Directorate will try to bring in more resources and information on the website and the aim is to make it interactive in the future so that we can reach to every farmer in the country.
Under the unparalleled and dynamic leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister initiatives like “Make in India”, “Swachh Bharat Mission”, More crop per drop”, “E-NAM”, “DBT” and many more, today we are leading for achieving sustainable development and growth in agriculture.
(D. D. K. Sharma)