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Plant Protection wing
Overviews of the Wing :

Three sections administer this wing. After surveying pest situation or monitoring of the nature of major plant diseases and pest infestation, operation section deals with formulating policies and execution of recommendations and national action plans for crop protection. Quarantine section ensures adequate measures to control import of pest and diseases along with living plant materials. Pesticide administration controls the pesticide production, sales, supply and local bodies of plant protection efforts.


Responsibilities of Plant Protection Wing:

surveying present outbreaks of plant disease and pest infestation, and damage caused, and recommending, where necessary, national action plans to deal with major outbreaks;
 
forecasting future outbreaks of plant disease and pest infestation and recommending preventive or preparatory action where necessary, including establishment of an efficient and effective strategy for emergency response to pest and disease outbreaks;
ensuring that adequate measures are taken for placing crop and other imports in quarantine to control the import of pests and diseases;
 
overseeing the process of quality assessment and control over pesticide production, sale and use;
monitoring and assessing the environmental impact of pesticide use, and recommending action and policy designed to improve protection of the environment;
 
acting as the main link between DAE and research institutes, undertaking investigations into plant protection and pest management, receiving information about research findings and obtaining information about new pest management technologies the private sector and abroad;
overseeing the conversion of research and other information on plant protection, pest management and pesticide quality into extension messages and information packages for dissemination for use in the field according to local farmer needs;
 
receiving and responding to requests for technical advice from the field (District Specialists and Agricultural Technical Committees) on problems concerning plant protection and pest management;
 
developing specific agricultural policies relating to plant protection, such as those concerned with pest and disease surveillance, adoption of preventive or curative measures, involvement of local bodies in plant protection efforts, manufacture and supply of chemicals.