a) Human Resource development in Plant Protection Technology,
plant quarantine and bio-security with special emphasis on
crop-oriented Integrated Pest Management approaches and protecting
the plant bio-security borders, both in public and private sectors.
b) Human Resource development in analysis of Pesticide
Formulations and Pesticide Residues for monitoring the quality status
of pesticides in States/U.Ts.
c) Develop systematic linkages between
state, regional, national and international institutions of
outstanding accomplishments in the field of Plant Protection
Function as a Nodal agency / forum for exchange of latest information
on Plant Protection Technology.
Collect and collate information on Plant Protection Technology for
dissemination among the State Extension functionaries and farmers.
Identify, appreciate and develop modern management tools, techniques
in problem-solving approaches and utilizing the mechanism of
personnel management, resource management, input management and
finally conflict management at the organization level.
Develop need-based field programmes for training and retraining of
senior and middle level functionaries for executing plant protection
programmes, and using training of trainer approaches to ensure
maximum reach of programmes.
Conduct programme-oriented research in the area of Plant Protection,
Integrated Pest Management, Pesticide Management, Plant Quarantine
and Pesticide delivery systems and residues, to provide feedback to
Serve as repository of ideas and develop communication and
documentation services at national, regional and international level,
in regard to the subject of plant protection management.
j) Forge linkages with national and international institutions,
and create networks of knowledge sharing, through a programme of
institutional collaboration and employment of consultants.
k) Function as Policy Support Central Government in various
sector of Plant Protection inter-alia, IPM, Pesticides Management, Plant Quarantine,
Bio-security, SPS, Market access issue etc.
The mission of the NIPHM
is to assist the States and the Government of India in increasing
the efficiency of the existing pest and disease surveillance and
control system, certification and accreditation systems through a
core role as a training and adaptive research centre in the field
of extension and policy developments related to plant protection.
The NIPHM provides its services to organizations in both the
public and the private sector.
In addition to
traditional training programmes, the NIPHM would also undertake
projects, capacity building and studies in the plant health and
quarantine area, including assessing market access potential, and
other aspects related to the SPS agreement.
Another key factor
will be to develop an international role as a leading centre for
plant protection and quarantine capacity building within the
region for building capacity in neighboring countries. In the
regional role, the Institute would focus on training of trainers
rather than undertake large volume training programmes for
students from other countries within the region. It is likely
that such approaches would attract
international/inter-governmental organizations which are aiming to
foster enhanced biosecurity within the region.
Main Thrust Activities of NIPHM since
October 2008 as autonomous entity
Popularizing the Plant Protection Technology among the farming
communities and extension functionaries of Central, State/UTs/
Public /Private Sectors, and other Non Governmental
Organizing Long term and Short Term Training courses in
During the 11th
Plan period, a total of 220 long and short duration training
programmes is scheduled to be organized including 25
off-campus Training Programmes. It is targeted to train 4350
persons as trainers (both from the state and private sector)
over the five year period, for adoption of better and improved
plant protection practices under the overall ambit of
Inte grated Pest Management/Plant Quarantine/SPS issues, etc.
The trainersí training is going to have a multiplier effect,
as each trained trainer employed in field training activities
would typically train a further 100 farmers per year, by
running up to 4 Farmersí Field Schools per year.
Ultimately benefits accrue from the adoption of new techniques
in the field, in terms of increased production of quality
produce (with minimum pesticide residue levels), and the optimized
use of expensive inputs such as pesticides to minimize the
negative impact of pesticides on the environment and enhancing
In addition to
traditional capacity building efforts in the field, the
re-orientation of the Institute as the NIPHM will yield
significant benefits in terms of the ability of the Indian
agriculture sector to compete internationally in trading
commodities, through increased emphasis on pest surveillance
and advanced approaches to plant quarantine. Equally,
playing an active role as an international centre of
excellence will support plant-related bio-security within the
region and reduce any risks to Indian agriculture from
introduced pests and diseases associated with trade.
This training and consultancy work, as well as provision of
technical advice and guidance on bilateral and multilateral
trade-related topics, will significantly improve the capacity
of the senior officers charged with national plant protection