“crucial  plant health for food security through a one-health approach”

Food security is a priority for agricultural scientists and industry, said M. Raghunandan Rao, Secretary (Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of Telangana) and Vice Chancellor, PJTSAU.   Speaking at the opening session of the four-day International Conference on Plant Health Management, which began here today, he said, “The next 50 years will be crucial for plant health management”. Farmers should be trained in precision agriculture to ensure  targeted use of pesticides and fertilizers. The conference is organized by Prof. Indian Plant Protection Association. Jayashankar in Telangana State Agricultural University. Sarada Jayalakshmi Devi, Vice-Chancellor, Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, said that to develop high-yielding varieties, it is necessary to identify genes resistant to various pests and diseases. 

  “Excessive use of chemicals to control various pests and diseases leads from small pests to big ones. Attention should be paid to biopesticides, natural enemies and environmentally friendly applications of sustainable development”, Participatory approach  Various agricultural experts from India and abroad, in their presentations, called for a One Health approach to achieve diversified and sustainable growth for people, plants, animals, soil and  environment. P Sarath Babu, president of the International Conference on Plant Health Management 2023, said the One Health approach is comprehensive and takes into account all key aspects of agriculture, including plant health, soil health, animal health and the environment.    Sasirekha Rajendran and Ravi Khetrapal of APAARI (Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes) said there are some gaps in geographical distribution and  partnerships when introducing One Health initiatives.  Citing  findings from One Health Networks (OHN), they found that these deficiencies could potentially undermine the effectiveness and sustainability of One Health’s goals. 

 “One of Sano’s goals is to address urgent global health threats. Community stakeholders are underrepresented in planning and agendas. Rajendran and Khetrapal said a change in the health movement is needed.  “We need to bring together multidisciplinary agencies dealing with plant, human and animal diseases,” they said. Experts call for raising awareness, creating guidelines and fostering  networking opportunities among various stakeholders within the framework of the One Health paradigm.

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