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JETIR
Vol. 2 (3), 2015, Pages: 549-554

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.

Abstract

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.

 
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