Pest survey is to asses pest population and their losses over large area i.e. District, province or country & Pest scouting is to determine no. of insect pests and their crop loss in a specific crop area i.e. Kanal, Acre etc.
Pest Scouting/Pest Survey of Crops
Pest Scouting /Pest Survey of Rabi and Kharif season crops, Vegetables and Orchards are conducts regularly throughout the year on weekly/ fortnightly basis as under:
- Rabi Crops, Vegetables and Orchards
- Kharif Crops, Vegetables and Orchards
- Economic Threshold Levels of Insect Pests
Types of Pest Scouting/Pest Survey
- A team of AO (PP) conducts pest scouting 5days/week, ADA(PP) 4days/week, DDA(PP) 3days/week.
- The teams, during survey record observations on the spots randomly in such a way that it represents the whole area of its jurisdiction.
- At least 5 acres block is selected for pest scouting and all the crops etc sown within that block is pest scouted.
- In each Tehsil, one landscapes spot of one kilometer square radius representing the whole Tehsil is selected.
- Fortnightly observations are recorded on each crop, vegetable, orchard etc. present in the landscape area to find out the population of insect pests or diseases and possibilities of their further spread.
Pest infestation /disease incidence is recorded for each crop, vegetable and orchards according to the prescribed procedure. Prescription slip along with recommendations is provided to the farmers at the spot. The list of hot spots of pest insects and disease incidence is delivered to the concerned AO/DDOA (Ext.) on the same day or with in the shortest possible time.
The process of Pest Scouting/Pest Survey on different levels are listed below:
- Each Tehsil is divided into Union Councils.
- The team comprising of one AO (PP) and 1-2 Field Assistants/ Pest Surveyors uniformly cover all the Union Councils of that Tehsil weekly.
- Pest scouting is conducted 5 days/ week and 8-10 spots are covered on daily basis i.e 40-50 spots/ week.
- All crops, vegetables, orchards etc. are pest scouted.
- The team comprising of one ADA (PP) and 1-2 Pest Surveyors/ Field Assistants is conducting pest scouting of all field crops, vegetables and orchards highlighting with one star.
- Pest scouting is conducted 4 days/ week and at least 8-10 spots at random / day i.e 32-40 spots/ week including 15% counter checking of the AOs (PP) under their jurisdiction.
- The team uniformly covers all the Tehsils of the District for every fortnight.
- At district level on weekly basis a list of trained farmers along with their Cell No. and addresses is compiled.
- The Deputy Directors of Agriculture, Pest Warning having their own Pest Scouting/ Monitoring teams conduct pest scouting of all field crops, vegetables, orchards, under their jurisdiction for 3 days/week.
- At least, 8-10 spots at random / day are pest scouted including 5% counter checking of the ADA (PP) & AOs (PP). Thus making a total of 24-30 spots/week.