INDIA's first home-made, environment-friendly biopesticide promises a bountiful harvest for both manufacturers and
farmers. The biopesticides, Trichoderma harzianum and Gliocladiuni
virens, have been prepared from soil-based micro-organisms and fungi,
through university-industry collaboration, said A N Mukhopadhvay, dean,
G B Pant University of Agriculture and
Technology, Pantnagar, UP, during a
presentation at the 83rd Indian Science
Congress in Patiala recently. These
biopesticides will soon hit the market
and are likely to cost less in India
compared to the developed countries.
Biopesticides use living agents to control pathogens or disease-causing organisms in plants. These biocontrol organisms act by reducing the number of pathogens, preventing the pathogen from causing infection and by checking the progress of the disease. Biopesticides are likely to have 10- 15 per cent share in the pesticide market by the year 2000. Increasing concerns about health hazards posed by chemical pesticides will contribute to the growth of biopesticide market. About one million people are affected by chemical pesticides every year and nearly 20,000 of them die, according to World Health Organization estimates.
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