November 2019: A new initiative that aims to study impacts of ecologically intensive farming as well as pest regulation and role of biodiversity will involve researchers from UK and India in a cross-continental collaborative project. The inception workshop on the project “SuperFarm India – _SUstainable farming through effective Pollination and pEst Regulation in India” was held during 6-8th Nov 2019 in School of Agriculture Policy and Development, Whiteknights campus, University of Reading, UK. The main objectives of the project are (i) to explore opportunities for ecologically intensive farming interventions in economically important crops in North and South India and (ii) to better understand the role of biodiversity in the delivery of pollination and pest regulation services to smallholder crop production in India.
This is a multi-disciplinary project led by Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, Agriculture, University of Reading and partner organizations are MSSRF, Pantnagar University and Sanskara Development Trust from India as well as World Bee project, London, UK.
Researchers from MSSRF participated in the meeting and discussed the research plan including the objectives, questions, research methodology, timeline and results. It is proposed to study the ecological intensification impacts on pest regulation services in paddy as well as in pollinator services in Brinjal in the field site of Puducherry under high input and low input farming systems with smallholders.