Work Highlights

As on 31/12/2010, the Institute has organized 1090 training programmes in which a total of 20,980 officer trainees were trained in the field of plant protection. 220 Foreign Nationals from 32 countries sponsored by FAO, Colombo Plan, SCAAP, ITEC-bilateral cooperation have been trained at this institute. Developing countries, specially, the South East Asia have already taken advantage of this training facility by sending officers for various courses. 220 Officers have already been trained from 32 countries.


Smt. V. Usha Rani, IAS, DG presenting plant health concepts at the livestreaming session

Dr. K. Satyagopal, IAS, Former DG with Rodent Specialist during his visit to West Godavari

AESA & Discussion in Field

AESA Presentation in Field

Farmers under 'ATMA' in Field

Farmers under 'ATMA' in Field

Collaboration with Institutions:
In order to promote environmentally sustainable Plant Health Management practices NIPHM has decided to network with National /  International institutions and the State Agricultural Universities (SAUs). Memorandum of Understanding was entered with Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) and Andhra Pradesh Horticultural University to encourage collaborative scientific research and development activities and to offer concurrent dual degree programmes to enhance the knowledge and skill sets of the students.


MOU: Dr. K Satyagopal, IAS, DG with Dr.K.Raghava Reddy, VC of ANGRAU

MOU:Dr. K Satyagopal, IAS, DG with Dr. S. D. Sikhamany, VC of AP Horti. University

Discussion with officials of TNAU

 Post Graduate Diploma

 Post graduate diploma in Plant Protection is offered to in-service candidates and fresh graduates. 33rd batch of students are currently pursuing the course. Each trainee of the Post Graduate Diploma Course in Plant Protection (PGD-PHM from 2011-12) is eligible for a stipend of Rs.2,000/- per month. However, the in-service candidates have the option of availing their entitled DA or stipend given by the institute.


PG Diploma Trainees in Field

PG Diploma Trainees in FST

Disease Management: Demo on Field

PG Diploma Trainees in FST

Organised 32 village based Field Service Training (FST) for Post Graduate Diploma Course students and 33rd is in progress.

 Entomology Division


Apart from the regular programmes, the Division has organized 3 Phytosanitary treatment  (Methyl bromide/ Alluminium Phosphide) fumigation courses for PCOs, one  Forced Hot Air Treatment for ISPM-15 course for PCOs and IPM in tobacco and other crops for Tobacco board  (3) courses.


Jt. Secretary (DAC) in Lab

Practical in Entomology Lab


Rodent Management

In the field extension front, the institute developed rodent campaign methodology and tested in Andhra Pradesh covering over 14 lakh hectares. It extended guidance to North Eastern States to mitigate rodent problems that arose with gregarious flowering of Bamboo, Melocanna baccifera.  Currently it is guiding in managing the rodent situation with the flowering of Bamboo, Bambusa pallida in Nagaland and Assam.


The institute is involved in reducing the risk of major emerging zoonotic disease, Leptospirosis by about 61% in South Gujarat districts during 2009 by extending thorough planning at micro-level to Agriculture and Health Department of Gujarat state.


Rodent control operation in Nagaland

Rodent Control: Nagaland

Rodent management: Andhra Pradesh

Workshop in Mizzoram

Adaptive Research Achievements

The institute is involved in standardizing rodent damage assessment method in rice and wheat crops. It evaluated performance of non-poisonous sticky traps, newer anticoagulant rodenticides, aluminium phosphide pellets and ultra sound repellers for their efficacy. It developed simple bait stations for effective rodent control. The institute has guided students in rodent management for their Doctoral research under Osmania University, Hyderabad

Sharing of Expertise with Other Countries

Expertise in rural rodent control was extended to Armenia, Bangladesh and People's Republic of China through FAO of United Nations Projects.FAO's International Award (Edouard Saouma) was received for TCP Project guided by the institute for People's Republic of China during 2000-2001.


Rodent control operation in Armenia

Rodent Control Operation in China


Pesticide Management Division

The division is engaged in developing manpower by providing training in various aspects like  Pesticide Quality Control, Pesticide Residue analysis, Refresher Course on Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Eco-friendly Pest Management tools etc. and so far trained 2422 officer on the said subjects. Training on sampling of pesticide under the Insecticides Act 1968, role of pesticide in general Plant Health Management and adaptive research works etc is also been don at the division. 7621 samples of pesticide formulations for quality control and 3248 samples of agricultural produce for pesticide residues have been analyzed in the chemistry laboratory.

Agricultural Engineering Division

Low cost equipment such as hand-shake-duster for BPH control, granule applicator for soil borne pests, wick-weed-applicator for weed control, light trap, solar  assisted  trolley mounted  Low Volume sprayer etc. have been  developed by the Institute for  use by the farmers. The Institute has conducted two micro  level  aerial  evaluation  trials  against pests of paddy, sorghum and cotton. The Division has organised a training programme for farmers of Kerala under ATMA Programme. Guidance has also been given in plant protection research  of performance evaluation of spraying equipment for the post graduate diploma trainees of the Institute. An optometer for such evaluation has also been developed.


Attraction of the  Exhibition

Demonstration in progress

Weed Science Division

 The division is engaged in imparting training on weed management focusing on integrated approach in major  crops like Rice, Maize, Sorghum, Wheat, Bajra, Cotton, Sugarcane, Oil seed, Pulses and Vegetables. In the training, more thrust is given on field demonstrations/exercises, weed identification and the use of eco friendly herbicides. For  this purpose, in institutes maintains  7 acres of farm in the campus.


Farm operation

Demonstration on the farm

Two season long training programmes (SLTP)on IPM in vegetables, three crash courses on IPM in rice, two crash courses on IPM in cotton were conducted under FAO-UNDP/ADB-CABI funding. The faculty of the institute coordinated one SLTP each on IPM in cotton in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and one SLTP on IPM in Rice in Karnataka under the FAO-UNDP Sponsorship. The Institute hosted 3 days FAO-PAC meeting of member countries on IPM Implementation.

Need based surveys were carried out by the Institute such as eriophid mite problem in coconut, bud necrosis in groundnut, Heliothis in cotton, GLH/RTV in paddy, locust problems and their management. The Institute also renders technical expertise to BIS, on pesticide formulations and review of standards and on according permission for Bio-pesticides etc. to State Department of Agriculture, Andhra Pradesh.