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Department of Crop Protection

Department of Crop Protection

Crop Protection, encompassing disciplines such as Agricultural Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Sericulture, is dedicated to safeguarding agricultural productivity through integrated pest, disease, and nematode management strategies across field and horticultural crops, as well as stored products. A cornerstone of the department’s approach is the integration of chemical and biological control methods, ensuring effective and sustainable pest and disease management while minimizing environmental impact. 

In addition to academic coursework, the department organizes guest lectures and training programs aimed at educating local farmers on pest, disease, and nematode management practices. These initiatives, conducted in collaboration with the State Department of Agriculture through farm schools, provide practical guidance and empower farmers to implement science-based solutions in their agricultural operations. 

The department also offers experiential learning programs on diverse topics such as Mushroom production, Beekeeping, and Sericulture, enabling students to gain hands-on experience in these specialized areas of crop protection. Through these programs, students acquire practical skills and knowledge that complement their theoretical understanding, preparing them for real-world challenges in agricultural pest and disease management. 

Furthermore, the department maintains a comprehensive collection of specimens, meticulously preserved for display purposes, showcasing insect and disease symptoms of important crops. This resource serves as a valuable educational tool, facilitating the identification and diagnosis of crop pests and diseases, and enhancing students’ understanding of their biology and management. 

By combining academic rigor with practical training and community outreach, the Crop Protection department plays a pivotal role in safeguarding agricultural productivity and promoting sustainable farming practices for the benefit of farmers and ecosystems alike.