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  FALICITATION  AT SUPERANNUATION ON 31.01.2012      FALICITATIION BY ICAR DDG (CS) in October, 2015

      

Dr. A.M.K.Mohan Rao, a Ph.D in Rodent Ecology, born in a teacher’s family hails from Chintalagraharam village near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh State in India. After completion of Post graduation he joined as a Department of Atomic Energy Research Fellow at Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India during January, 1974 working on the ecology of field rodents and obtained the Doctoral Degree in Zoology during 1978. During this period he undertook research and extension work on rodent ecology and control in addition to acquiring postgraduate teaching experience as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in German language (on part time basis).

 

One of the founder members of ICAR ‘All India Coordinated Research Project on Rodent Control’ at Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur during June, 1978. While working in the coordinated project, in addition to undertaking research activities, he also assisted the Project Coordinator in monitoring the progress of research in all the four centers of the coordinated research project.  

 

During February, 1981 he joined as Rodent Specialist at Central (National) Plant Protection Training Institute, Hyderabad, a training wing of Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. Since then as a Rodent Specialist his contributions include -

      (i) development of human resources among field extension functionaries in vertebrate pest management,

     (ii) adoptive research in rodent management,

    (iii) organizing National Workshops on Rodent Pest Management and

     (iv) guiding students in research projects of extension importance. 

Engaged in Performance Evaluation of M.Sc., M.Phil and Ph.D students in Environmental Sciences, Entomology, Zoology and Vertebrate Biology for Osmania, Andhra, Sri Venkateswara, Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural, Anna (Madras), Jodhpur and Punjab Agricultural Universities. Also Question Paper setter for some of these university for Final M.Sc and Pre Ph.D examinations. Referee for renouned National and International Journals including Elsevier Publishing House

Being a Member of Vector Control Working Group for Asia and Pacific, involved in vector management. Developed a surveillance model to monitor Covid19 in the country. Published a Book also on vector management. Assisting MANAGE, a Ministry of Agriculture Institution in organising an Awareness creation program to Administrators of Local Bodies - Extension Strategies in Urban Pest and Vector Management.

Currently engaged in developing Employable Skill Oriented Training programs on Structural Pest Management for the National Institute of Rural Development (Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj), Government of India under PMKVY of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India to provide qualified personnel at National level.

In addition following activities were performed:

  1. Assisted Plant Protection Adviser to the Government of India in Anti Locust Operations as incharge, Gujarat Sector of Indo-Pak border during 1994

  2. He was also notified as Central Insecticides Inspector by the Central Insecticides Board from 1994.

  3. Member Secretary for Scientific Advisory Committee on Rodenticides in 2001 by CIB to advise on matters related to rodenticide registration.

  4. Served as Member Secretary, Expert Committee on Rodent Control constituted by Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.

  5. Assisting the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on matters related to rodent borne zoonotic diseases from 2000 onwards.

  6. Looked after duties of Administrative Officer and Drawing and Disbursing Officer of the institute from time to time.

  7. Member of 4-member Task Force team in upgrading the National Plant Protection Training Institute to autonomous “National Institute of Plant Health Management” (NIPHM) under Ministry of Agriculture, which emerged ultimately with a mandate of capacity building, undertaking projects, consultancies and advisory body to the Ministry in matters related to Plant Health Management.

 

He was Joint Director and Head for Vertebrate Pest Management Division  for managing problems of vertebrate pests like rodents, wild boars in agriculture, horticulture, veterinary, storage and public health sectors. Also developed and organised Urban Integrated Pest Management training programs for Senior level and Master Trainer level personnel.

Other significant achievements include -

 

  1. Conducted 4 All India Workshops in rodent/vertebrate pest management organized for rationalizing recommendations on rodent/vertebrate pest management for adoption by the State Governments in the country.

  2. Organized FAO supported capacity building programs in India through FAO-India Inter Country programs in Integrated Pest Management from 1988 to 1997.

  3. Organized Season Long Training on Integrated Pest Management in Groundnut at Tirupati during 2006 and received appreciation from international IPM experts.

  4. His cherished interest in management of structural pests viz., termites, mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, stored grain pests etc. made him to organize a National Workshop on Curriculum Development for Urban Integrated Pest Management during June, 2010 involving all stakeholders to develop and organizing (i) 15-day duration training programs on Urban Integrated Pest Management from May, 2011 and (ii) Master Trainers Training on UIPM during December 2011 and January, 2012.

  5. Organized as Consultant a 3 Day Workshop on "Course alignment on Structural Pest Management under National Skills Qualification Framework of India" on 4-6 May, 2017 and developed Curriculum for Structural Pest and Vector Management Self Employable Skill Development Training to Inter drop outs at National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad.

  6. During January, 2017, organised a 2-day Workshop in Rodent and Insect Pest Management for Seed Industry Personnel, especially Plant Managers for their pest management monitoring activities.

 

Membership in committees -  

  1. Rodent Specialist Group, Species Survival Commission, IUCN, Switzerland,

  2. Member Secretary, Scientific Advisory Committee on Rodenticides, Govt. of India,

  3. Member Convener, Expert Committee on Rodent Control, Govt. of India and

  4. Member, Central Monitoring Committee (Task Force), Management of Gregarious Bamboo Flowering in North East India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

  5. Referee for National and International Journals of repute in Vertebrate Ecology and Management. Recognized referee for the publications of Elsevier Publications.

 

Research accomplishments include -

   (i)  standardizing burrow count method for rodent infestation measurement during 1975-76,

   (ii) standardizing diagonal method in rice for rodent damage assessment during 1984,

  (iii) evaluation of Tom-Cat method of fumigation for burrow dwelling rodents during 1982,

  (iv) evaluation of non poisonous sticky traps for their sticky nature for commensal rodent control during 1988,

   (v) field bioefficacy of bromadiolone (1984), brodifacoum (1984-88), flucoumafen (1991-92),

  (vi) persistence of zinc phosphide in ready to use baits against field rodent control (2000-2002,

 (vii) rodent survey and surveillance in PR China (2003),

 (viii) assessment of field vole population in Armenia,

  (ix) screening of bait stations for increased bait acceptance by commensal rodent pests (2000-2001; 2011-12),

   (x) standardizing the tracking tile method for assessment of rodent infestations in structural and domestic environs (2012),

  (xi) developed Standard Operation Procedure for Rodent Management in Storage and

(xii) development of IT based application - Virtual Agri Services for agriculture, animal husbandry and poultry sectors.

 (xiii) developing anti fertility products for rodent pest management in structures, buildings etc.

 

National Plan on Rodent Pest Management

He steered the scheme launched by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India as a special component under Strengthening and Monitoring of Pest Management Approach (SMPMA) during XI Plan period with an outlay of about Rs. 768 lakhs for 1 year 5 months. The National Plan was successfully implemented in the country  taking collaboration from All India Network Project on Rodent Control (ICAR) with its 4 tier way of -

     (i) sensitizing policy makers,

    (ii) capacity building to different levels of SAU/ICAR scientists and State Extension functionaries,

   (iii) developing Trainer Farmers for horizontal spread of rodent management technology and

    (iv) rodent control campaigns in endemic pockets of different States.

 

Assignments from Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of United Nations

     (i) Capacity building program in Bangladesh on rodent pest management during 1994,

    (ii) TCP of FAO on Field Rodent Control in Sichuan Province, Peoples Republic of China during 2000-2001

   (iii) an emergency TCP of FAO in Armenia for Field Vole Control during 2003.

    (iv) Developed a TCP for Armenia in rodent and IPM.

     (v) He also gave inputs for African countries to FAO on rodent management and currently assisting FAO for Mongolia to manage voles.     (vi) His services were utilized in all USAID/UNDP/FAO funded IPM programmes within the country.

 

       The FAO funded TCP guided by him in China as Senior International Consultant bagged international acclaim and bagged the prestigious Edourd Saouma Award of United Nations for the biannium 2002-2003.

 

Extension accomplishments -

  1. Extended his expertise in planning, executing and monitoring of rodent pest management in different States viz., Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Lakshadweep, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, State Farms Corporation of India, Jetsar during outbreak periods.

  2. Successfully managed rodent ingressions due to gregarious bamboo flowering during 2003-2008 in Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, parts of Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh could be successfully tackled technically with his expert inputs supported by the funding of DAC, Ministry of Agriculture by all the concerned States. 

  3. Planned and monitored community level rodent control campaigns in 69.43 lakh hectares in Andhra pradesh State from 2003 till 2012 with cost benefit ratio of 1:133.

 

Professional achievements

  1. Published 61 research papers in addition to one brochure on rodent pest management in poultries

  2. Contribution of 5 chapters in reputed books on vertebrate pest management. He produced 10 training manuals on Rodent Pest Management for the benefit of various States/UTs.

  3. Involved in guiding a number of research students on wildlife, birds and rodents.

  4. Produced 3 Ph.Ds on topics of extension importance for integrated rodent management.

  5. Developed curriculum for Vertebrate Pest Management for adoption by Agricultural Universities.

  6. Developed curriculum for Structural Pest Management for Pest Management Professional training programs.

  7. Drafted, developed and implemented National Plan on Rodent Pest Management for Ministry of Agriculture

 

After retirement on 31.1.2012,continuing on his tasks as a Free Lance Consultant. Other activities include -

  • Honorary Consultant to the National Institute of Rural Development (Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj), Government of India) to develop programs under Prime Minister's Kaushal Vikas Yojana of Ministry of Skill Development.

  • Honorary Advisor for Food and Agri-Business School affiliated to Prof Jaishankar Telangana Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India.

  • Associated in developing Virtual AGRI Services - a smart phone and PC interface project with all-in-One facility for farmer, farmer profiles, expert advisory, input and output aggregation to improve the income of the farmers. 

  • Organized a National Workshop on "Current Scenario of Rodenticides and their Future Outlook" on 21-22 February, 2014 for 63 participants from Pesticide and Pest management Industry, Central Insecticides Board Scientist, Scientists of ICAR Rodent Research Project, CABI, State Agricultural Universities, State Extension Departments, executives of Ministry of Civil Supplies and Poultry Industry. 

  • Assisting various organizations viz., Haffkine Institute, Mumbai; National Institute of Biotic Stress Management, Raipur

  • Special Invitee by Indian Council of Agricultural Research for a Brainstorming Session on Vertebrate Pest Management held at New Delhi during February, 2015.

  • Special invitee for the First Group Meeting on Vertebrate Pest Management in October, 2015 held at CAZRI, Jodhpur.

  • Special invitee for Brainstorming session on vertebrate pest management held at IIHR, Bengaluru in January, 2016

  • Organised a three day Training on Urban Rodent Pest Management at for Haffkine Institute, Mumbai on 17-19 June, 2015.