I am Dr. Y. Chezhian, I have completed my Ph.D. degree in zoological science in field of taxonomy, and I have published 21 research papers in National, International Journals and also one regional language (Tamil) paper. I have more than 8 years of research experience in Insect studies, biopesticides and millicompost (Biofertilizer). I am the President of Jeevan Research Foundation (Trust) and Chief Editor in International Journal of Natural Resource and Technologies.
Why the idea?
Vegetables are ineluctable food product of our daily life, it’s comparatively best and cheaper source for essential nutrition’s. Some vegetables are good sources of carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, proteins, fiber and more. Everyone knows that Mahatma Gandhi statement i.e. “India lives in villages and agriculture is the soul of Indian economy”. Notwithstanding of economic development and industrialization, agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy viz. Tiruvallur district is the major role to contribution fresh vegetables to Tamil Nadu state.
Even though Tiruvallur district contributes major role; to provide vegetables to our daily needs; this successful outputs not useful to public or consumers; because, most of the all vegetables are chemically cultivated. Since, understand of this Medical and Economical importance; we plan to provide the natural solution to cultivate the healthy and harmless vegetables. So, we chose the biological products like Biofertilizer and Biopesticides for the best outcome of vegetables.
Hence, we plan to identify the destructive insect or other animal that attacks crops, food, livestock, etc. in Tiruvallur district. By this; we may implement the Biofertilizer and biopesticides to defeat of the scientific issue and also using the biological product for cultivation we can save the natural balance and biodiversity loss.
How funds would be utilized?
1. To make an extensive survey of Insect diversity in different locations; especially in agricultural areas of Thiruvallur district.
2. To prepare a brief descriptions and diagnostic features of identified insect species and make photographic evidence of insect species collected from study area.
3. To identify the pest species and their hosting crops in Tiruvallur district and provide biological remedies to control pest.
4. To study the rare, endangered, threatened and endemic insect fauna and evolve the conservation.
5. To provide the awareness program and guidance to farmers.
Study area: Tiruvallur District: Tiruvallur district which constituting 9 taluks and lies on 12°15' and 13°15' North latitude and 79°15' and 80°20' east longitude with spreads over an area of about 3422 Sq.kms. The main occupation of the district is agriculture and allied activities nearly 47% of the total work force are engaged in the agricultural sector. The total geographical area of the district is 3,42,243 hectares of which not sown area constitute 35% whereas forest covers 5.8% of the total area which includes Pulicat Lake Birds Sanctuary 15367 hector. Rice, groundnut, millet, ragi, green gram, black gram, sugar cane and horticultural crops like mango, guava and vegetables are the major crops in Tiruvallur district.
Sample collection method: Sample specimens will collect by different devices like light trap, pitfall tarp and sweeping net and also collected by hand picking method. The collected insects were killed by ethyl acetate vapor, sorted out into different orders and families and mounted in insect boxes and soft body and small insects were preserved under 70% ethanol/ethyl alcohol called as wet preservation. Insects will be identified up to genus and species level with the guidance of experts and available literatures/papers. Early morning or evening hours insects will be collected.
Duration: 1 year (12 months).
|1||Project Assistant (10,000 x 12 months)||1,20,000.00|
|Trinocular microscope with camera and Image documentation facility||2,00,000.00|
|Digital DSLR Camera with Macro and Flash||80,000.00|
|Expendables/Consumables (Chemicals, Nets, Insect Boxes & Glassware-Lab Equipments)||1,75,000.00|
|Field Survey/Field work – Travel||75,000.00|
|Print and Publication||75,000.00|
Justification for amounts utilize and its need and relevance to the project:
1. One field assistant is required to assist in the field survey, curation of samples, data entry etc. and with skill in field survey techniques is very essential for smooth execution of the project.
2. A Trinocular Microscope is required for precise identification of morpho-taxonomical studies and its documentation of insects/pest.
3. Digital SLR camera with Micro/Macro lens and other accessories are required to accurately photo document the taxa of insects/pest.
4. Expendables/Consumables are required for complete sample collection, preservation and identification purpose.
5. Field Survey/Field work is most important requirement to collect samples from various locations in Tiruvallur district – Travel expenses.
6. Contingencies is to meet the day today expenses to carry out the project, the contingency amount quoted is required for food and accommodation while in survey period.
7. Printing and publication is required to provide the awareness to farmers and layman.
8. Training/Seminar/Workshop/Awareness Programme is most important requirement to provide the training and awareness programmes and seminars for college and school students.
Expected and other physical outcomes of the project
Assuring a healthy environment in forest ecosystem, agriculture/cultivation areas and human resistant places and helping in conservation of imperiled and endangered insect taxa.
Agencies which can utilize the results of the project
Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change.
Tamil Nadu Food Corporation.
Tamil Nadu Agriculture and scientific research department.
National Biodiversity Authority.
State Forest Department.
Central and State Pollution Control Boards.