In India, Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee (CIB&RC) is the apex authority registering pesticide products for manufacture, sale, use, import and export. Ideally pesticides with label claims. Registered pesticides be it chemical or biologicals including plant products for the spectrum of crops and pests are updated regularly based on the database generated on bio efficacy, persistence and residues by the pesticide companies, governmental research organizations and universities. Recommendations on pesticides flow to the farmers through extension agencies and Krishi Vigyan Kendras in each State as a part of package of practices.
Registered pesticides for use on a particular crop against recommended insect pests, diseases and weeds at recommended dosages using appropriate application methods with precise dilutions are important efficacious management of target pests without leading to secondary pest outbreaks or pest resurgence or hazards to human health and environment. Judicious use of pesticides in terms of their selection, procurement of appropriate quantity, choice of application method, dilutions in spray fluid and waiting period after application before harvest of produce are all important. ICAR-NCIPM felt the need for provision of easy access to pesticides with Label Claims to relevant stakeholders of crop protection with information on recommended dosages and application methods so as enhance their proper field use on scientific basis.
Android smart phones as a communication tool are popular and that people of different fields including pesticide dealers, extension functionaries and farmers possess and use them in their daily lives. Making available an application for need-based use in plant protection is a potential value addition in digital era. Considering the current status and recommendation pathways of pesticide use in India and the potential outreach of digital technology android applications Pesticide Calculations for Maize named as Maize - Pesticide Calculator (PC) was generated. The insecticides, fungicides and herbicides recommended for insects, diseases and weeds along with their dosages, volume of spray fluid to be used and waiting period besides additional information was compiled from CIB&RC. Given details presents the glimpse of their numbers for understanding the need for IFC for judicious pest management across crops.
Chemical- Fungicides: 7
A miscellaneous function of area converter operates independently. More info provides details on source and contact information besides QR code and demo on how to use it. Feedback button allows users to interact with developer of IFCs through inbuilt email address when in online. Current version of applications is English and their conversions to local languages of different States would make it more user friendly.