For more than two years the pandemic COVID 19 has affected the global economy adversely and imposed restrictions on domestic as well as international travel, education, new startups, big and small entrepreneurs and also various sectors of private and government organizations. However, the silver lining during this gloomy period is the sustainability of agriculture resulting in the availability of ample food and related products and their distribution that mitigated the negative effects to some extent. Of course inflationary trends continue to rock both developed and developing countries equally.
During these two years most of the conferences, meetings, symposia etc were held in remote mode. I too attended quite a few national and international conferences/meetings online and shared my views wherever necessary. But these are no substitute to a full-fledged conference where close interactions and sharing of knowledge and experience happens at a very different level.
Now we are almost back to normalcy with some restrictions still in place in some countries.
I am glad that I am attending a global conference on “Investing in Humanity: Enabling a New Global Order” the 6thedition being organized by Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute a wing of Public Investment Fund (PIF), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The meeting will be held for three days from October 25 to 27th 2022 in Riyadh. I hope this meeting will find some solutions to the existing problems as well as new ones faced by various sectors especially agriculture. After the conference I will share my insights and highlights here.
For the last few years, I am trying to facilitate the cultivation of date palm in non-traditional areas in India. Most of the date farming is concentrated in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Some other states are also encouraging date palm cultivation by providing subsidies for purchase of planting materials, irrigation systems and guidance in cultivation.
I am happy that a farmer from the coastal district of Andhra Pradesh has evinced interest in cultivating date palms and with my initiative good planting material was supplied to him from the best farms of Gujarat. Recently, the offshoots have been planted in an area of four acres and I hope this is the first step in right direction to promote and popularize date palm cultivation in some regions of Andhra Pradesh where farmers are very progressive.
It gives me great pleasure to communicate with you all through my web portal “RED WEEVIL”, since its launching in the year 2008. However, due to my prior commitments and preoccupation, I was unable to update the website for quite some and it was riddled with cyberattacks and we have pull it down and relaunch a fresh one. Unfortunately, all the information especially the comments in the blog were lost. During these difficult times of Covid19 pandemic all over the world, many activities have been shelved or cancelled, the chances of the increase in incidence of the pest is a reality due to scale down of surveys and surveillance which is the backbone of control strategies. Hence, it is imperative that all stakeholders are on their guard irrespective of the region and utilize the available tools and means to keep the pest under check.
I assure all readers that from now onwards, the site will be updated regularly with all the latest information on Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineusOliv. (RPW). I will be extremely happy to share my knowledge and experience through my portal and answer questions regarding the management aspects of this dangerous pest distributed in many countries and continents from this month October 2020. I seek the cooperation of researchers, teachers, extensions workers, students, small and large farmers and others to work towards the global management of Red Palm Weevil, to increase productivity and production of date fruits. As all of us date fruits have wonderful nutritional and health improving properties as established through documentation in ancient texts and modern-day research articles. With these few words, I once again welcome all old and new readers back to my website “redweevil.com”.
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