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Dr. Arjun Singh Baloda

Network Coordinator
AINP on Soil Arthropod Pests
ICAR-RARI, Durgapura, Jaipur

Project Coordinator’s Message

The soil arthropod pests like, white grubs, termites, cutworms, root borer, wireworms, red ants, crickets, and phytophagous snails have become increasingly difficult pests throughout India with their increasing damage every year as evidenced by the several outbreaks that occurred over large areas during the recent past.

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All India Network Project On Soil Arthropod Pests

Realizing the yield losses inflicted and seriousness of white grubs problem in several agricultural crops, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research started the “All India Coordinated Research Project on white-grubs” in 1982. In EFC Meeting held during 2014, the name of the project changed to “All India Network Project on Soil Arthropod Pests". With new aspiration and drive to coordinate location-specific research on soil arthropod pests management, now the project with sanctioned strength of small numbers of scientists to undertake the research work over a larger agro-ecological area three volunteer centres, Almora (Uttarakhand), Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) and Kolhapur (Maharashtra) are included besides the main centres viz., RARI, Durgapura (Rajasthan), AAU, Jorhat (Assam), UAS, Bengaluru (Karnataka), CSK HPKV, Palampur (Himachal Pradesh) and JAU, Junagadh (Gujarat).

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