UAF VC for developing new biopesticides to curb locusts

FAISALABAD:14 April: University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ashraf has directed the locusts research and development cell to accelerate the pace of work and develop new biopesticides to curb locusts that were playing havoc with the agriculture sector. He said this while chairing a performance review meeting of locusts’ cell of the varsity here on Monday. Entomology Chairman Dr Mansoor, Dr Jalal Arif, Dr Muhammad Saghir, Dr Amir Rasool and others scientists attended the moot. Dr Muhammad Ashraf directed the meeting to analyse rearing life cycle and other aspects on the scientific basis. He said that Entomology, Bio-Chemistry and Physics scientists would work jointly on the research. He said that the Dhatura, Neem, Euclyptus and number of the other plants extracts should be tested for the toxic effects against the locusts at the earliest on the population present in the lab. He showed his concern that the excessive use of lambda cyhaothrin on locusts control may cause shortfall of the pesticides for cotton use. Therefore, the scientists should develop effective and low cost biopesticides to avert its attack in future, he suggested. He said that the government was expecting from the UAF scientists to conduct the tangible research and development work and devise a strategy to curb the crisis. Dr Mansoor said that they had submitted the different research projects on locusts with the HEC that would help address the locusts at national level. He viewed that the tangible research and development work would pave a way to fight the issue. Provincial Focal Person from Academia for Research on Locusts Prof Dr Jalal Arif said that all possible measures were being taken to conduct the valuable locust research work for the sustainable management. He said that active working on scientific basis was in full swing that would bring a positive result. He said they would provide a compressive and effective solution to the Punjab government and the Ministry of Food Security to curb the issue. He told the meeting that UAF Entomology scientists Dr DildarGogi, Dr Shahid Majeed, Dr Muhammad Tayyab, Dr Nazir and Dr Sufiyan had submitted the research proposals on Eco Biology host plant feeding; systematic and morphological characteristics, molecular and biotechnical approaches. Dr Ameer Rasool and Dr Saghir briefed the meeting about the current field situation and botanical plant extracts. Two commit suicide in Faisalabad: Two people committed suicide in separate incidents here on Monday. In the first incident, Asghar Ali of Chak 362/GB ended his life by hanging himself with a tree near his residence due to poverty and unfavorable domestic circumstances. In another incident, Dharkan Bibi, wife of Muhammad Ayub and a resident of Toba Tek Singh, committed suicide by swallowing poisonous pills due to a domestic problem.The news.

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