DBCA Holds International webinar on Advances in Red Palm Weevil Research and Management

Prof. Rajan Shelke
14 Sep 2020
Don Bosco Agro-Ed Complex

DBCA participants at the International webinar on RPW

Don Bosco College of Agriculture (DBCA) Sulcorna, Goa, successfully organized a short International webinar on, Advances in Red Palm Weevil (RPW) Research and Management as part of International year of Plant Health 2020, celebratedby FAO, UN recently.

RPW is a major pest of palms and cause 10% loss in young palms of less than 20-years-old. India is one of the leading coconut producing countries and the state of Goa in India is a major coconut producing state. 24,000 hac area is under coconut production. Date palms is a major crop of Middle east and North Africa. Canary island palms are highly infested by RPW in Europe including Italy and cause losses up to 20%.

Managing Director of Horticulture Co-operation Goa, Sandeep Faldessai, inaugurated the Webinar.

Speakers from five different countries participated in the webinar. King Abdul Aziz City of Science & Technology, Prof. (Dr.) Hassan Al-Ayedhis a leading researcher on RPW in Saudi Arabia & NENA Region, spoke on, A global view about RPW with focus on Saudi Arabia & other G20 Countries.

ICAR Central Plantation Crop Research Institute Kerala, India, Dr. Chandrika Mohan spoke on, Advances in RPW-IPM in coconut.

Date Palm Research Center of Excellence, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia, Dr. Hamadttu El-Shafieis, spoke on, Current challenges of RPW management and impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Global Date Palm Production.

Dr. Michel Ferry from the prestigious research station in Elchi Spain spoke about, Another Conception of Preventive and Curative Treatments for the control of RPW.

Dr. J.R. Faleiro, based in Goa and is widely known for his contributions on RPW spoke about, Evolving Trends in Semiochemical Mediated Technologies against RPW

The sessions were moderated by Asst. Prof. DBCA, Rajan Shelke and coordinated together with Prof. Satish Patil, Sulochana Xete Dessai, Dr.Srinivas Sabale. Principal DBCA, Dr. Suresh Kunkalikar, gave the concluding remarks.

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