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  • Biopesticides to play an important role in global food crises - a stakeholders' perspective at the 5th International Conference on Biopesticides organised by TERI and SPIB

    26 April 2009

    The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Society for Promotion and Innovation of Biopesticides (SPIB) organised the "Fifth International Conference on Biopesticides." More than 600 delegates from around the globe participated to discuss the advancement and promotion of biopesticides from the "stakeholders' perspectives". Present on the occasion were, Dr A R Kidwai, Governor of Haryana, Dr R K Pachauri, Director General, TERI , Dr Mangala Rai, Secretary, DARE, and DG, ICAR Government of India, Dr Ramasami, Secretary, DST, Government of India, Prof S K Brahmachari, Secretary, DSIR, and DG, CSIR, Government of India, Mr Gavin Lindsay Wall, FAO Representative in India, Dr Seema Wahab, Organizing Secretary, ICOB-V, Prof Mir Mulla, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California, USA, Dr S N Puri, President, SPIB, Dr M K Bhan, Secretary, DBT,Government of India, among others.

    While welcoming the distinguished audience, Dr Seema Wahab emphasised on the need of pest management to increase the agricultural productivity. She further said that alternate means of pest management like using Biopesticides are extremely effective and does not harm the environment. The conference addressed the issues of sustainable agriculture, environmental protection, eco-restoration and climate change. BioFair 2009 a special exhibition featured organizations and industrial companies involved in the field of biopesticides and related topics.

    In his inaugural address, Dr A R Kidwai, Governor of Haryana, said, "It is important to look into biopesticides to reduce the damage of crops. India is blessed with conditions suitable for agriculture and saving crops will enrich the farmers and the country. I congratulate the organizers for holding such an important deliberation. India has a great opportunity to conduct R&D in areas of biotechnology, agriculture etc to innovate and develop new products and emerge as a leader in this field."

    The conference provided a platform for its stakeholders from various parts of the world - researchers, scientists from public and private sectors, planners, industrialists and end-users to share their knowledge, experiences and learning related to the development, production and application of biopesticides. They elaborated their constraints, to help find solutions collectively and to evolve a sustainable perspective plan to increase the use of biopesticides.

    Elaborating on the TERI's role in the sector, Dr R K Pachauri, Director General, TERI said, "The use of pesticides is part of a larger problem of human race that is moving on in unsustainable path. We have ignored the impact our process of development has on our natural resources. If we continue to use chemical pesticides, our future will hardly be able to meet its basic needs. Climate change will adversely impact the agriculture that will affect the yields and give rise to the problem of food security. Hence, innovations are extremely important and biopesticides will help in sustainable agriculture."

    This conference is a part of the series of international conferences held previously in Thailand (1996), China (1998), Malaysia (2002), and Thailand (2005), promoted by the University of California, Riverside, USA, and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. It brought the fundamental and applied research on various aspects of biopesticides in pest and disease management in agriculture, forestry, public health, and the urban landscape to the forefront.