Dr. Fateh Marri, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Agriculture University has said that common farmers are unaware of the importance of friendly and hostile insects in crops. The Agricultural experts should train farmers to destroy harmful pests through biological control.

Addressing the ceremony held for awarding PhD degree to Sohail Ahmed Talpur, Scholar, Department of Entomology, Faculty of Crop Protection, Dr. Fateh Marri said that the presence of pests in the crop cannot be ignored as these pests mostly contain harmful pests, however, agricultural pesticides are used to deal with them, which causes damage to the crops, environmental pollution, financial loss and the process also eliminates friendly insects, so biological control should be given importance.

Sohail Ahmed Talpur, PhD Scholar, while discussing his PhD dissertation entitled ” Faunistic study of leaf beetles of Pakistan”, said that there are more than 50 thousand species of beetles in the world, while in Sindh, beetles are found in various crops, vegetables and other plants and some beneficial insects, which play an important role in the destruction of biologically harmful insects, while many insects help in the transfer of males from one place to another in flower crops.

Dr. Imran Khatri, Dr. Maqsood Anwar Rustmani and Dr. Zubair Ahmed also expressed their views during the ceremony, Dr. Jan Mohammad Marri, Dean Faculty of Crop Protection, Dr. Mubeen Lodhi, Director Advanced Studies and others were also present. Earlier, PhD Scholar Sohail Ahmed Talpur presented his research thesis to Vice Chancellor Dr. Fateh Marr

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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