This project has produced a fuller understanding of the forces operating on farmers and formulated appropriate recommendations for insecticide use based on this knowledge. It has successfully addressed the goals of the two Programmes 'to minimise the impact of significant pests of cotton' by reducing the cost and environmental impact of control, and to 'increase systems commodity production by optimising inputs and outputs' by increasing yields by over 50% for participating farmers. Cotton pest management recommendations developed by the project have formed the basis of several further initiatives by the Government of India and others, including DFID, the Common Fund for Commodities (UN) and the EU, which will develop and transfer the findings nationally and internationally.
Final Technical Report for Project F6760. A systems approach to sustainable insect pest management in irrigated cotton in India. Russell, D. A., 1999, Natural Resources Institute, Chatham, UK, 41 pp.