Development of a New Solar Light Trap Model and
Its Utilisation as IPM Tool in Agriculture
P. K. BERA
Joint Director of Agriculture (Entomology)
Zonal Adaptive Research Station
Mohitnagar, Jalpaiguri, WB.
This innovative work was conducted to develop a new model of solar light trap which will be the most effective
IPM tool for the monitoring of insect pests and their mechanical control in the field of agriculture, provide no harm to the
nature and also have low cost involvement so that it can be utilised by most of the farmers. For that purpose firstly a model
of light trap box with iron structure was developed, then a solar light system including solar panel, charging unit, battery
and LED bulb installed with the light trap box so that this solar light trap can monitor and control the insect pests of
different crops effectively. After that 20 number of this newly developed solar light trap models were prepared and
distributed for installation and farmers’ demonstration in different crops in four districts (Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri, Siliguri
sub division of Darjeeling and Murshidabad) of West Bengal including ZARS, Mohitnagar, Jalpaiguri during boro and
kharif seasons of this year, 2014. The results of this study at ZARS, Mohitnagar and farmers’ demonstration in different
crops in four districts revealed that the newly developed solar light trap model is very much effective for the monitoring of
insect pests and their mechanical control in the field of agriculture and as it has low cost involvement so it can be utilised
by most of the farmers. Lastly it is the most effective IPM tool which provide better safeguard to the nature in comparison
to the other method of pest control.
Keywords: Solar light trap, IPM, Agriculture.