National Entomology Research Centre

Background

National Entomology Research Centre was first established as “Entomology Section” under Ministry of Agriculture/Department of Agriculture at Putali Bagaincha, Singh Durbar in 1953 with the purpose of providing hands-on plant protection services to the farmers.

The mandate of entomological research was also given to the section when the National Commodity Development Programme (NCDPs) established in the country in 1972.

In the same year, a full-fledged Entomology Research Centre was established with its own office building with laboratory and green house facilities at Khumaltar, Lalitpur. Over the time, Nepalese agricultural research systems took new mode of doing research works and recognized as National Agricultural Research and Service Center (NARSC) in 1984. In the process of structural change, the NARSC renamed as Nepal Agriculture Research Center and the Entomology Section as Central Entomology Division (CED) as one of the central disciplinary division in 1990. In 1991, Nepal Agriculture Research Center received status of an autonomous organization under Agriculture Act 2048 B.S as an apex body for agricultural research of the nation with the name “Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC)”. The CED was again renamed as Entomology Division.

The cemtre has now organized under Nepal Agriculture Research Institute (NARI) of NARC. The division acts as a national lead institution for entomological research works in agricultural area. It plays key role to co-ordinate entomological research work with national commodity research programs, and regional as well as local research stations of NARC. The division also assists NARC to prepare national policy as well as establish functional relationship with national and international research institutions in the entomological research.

Broad objective

The major objective of the centre is to help in increasing qualitative and quantitative crop productivity of the nation through developing eco-friendly and suitable technologies to minimize losses caused by insect/invertebrate and vertebrate pests.

Specific Objectives

  • Carry Survey, surveillance and taxonomical identification works on major agricultural insect pests and maintain reference insect’s museum.
  • Develop technologies based on the use of bio-control agents, botanicals and organic products to minimize use of synthetic chemical pesticides, and minimize crop yield losses caused by insect/invertebrate and vertebrate pests of agriculture importance.
  • Develop suitable mass rearing technology for promising bio-control agents of agricultural importance
  • Develop suitable technologies for rodent and post harvest insect pest management.
  • Determine use pattern of chemical pesticides to minimize their hazardous effect on human health and environment
  • Develop suitable technology on conservation and utilization of industrial and pollinating insect

Responsibilities

  • Carry Survey, surveillance and taxonomical identification works on major agricultural insect pests and maintain reference insect’s museum.
  • Develop technologies based on the use of bio-control agents, botanicals and organic products to minimize use of synthetic chemical pesticides, and minimize crop yield losses caused by insect/invertebrate and vertebrate pests of agriculture importance.
  • Develop suitable mass rearing technology for promising bio-control agents of agricultural importance
  • Develop suitable technologies for rodent and post harvest insect pest management.
  • Determine use pattern of chemical pesticides to minimize their hazardous effect on human health and environment
  • Develop suitable technology on conservation and utilization of industrial and pollinating insect

Researchers

  • Dr Prem Nidhi Sharma, Senior Scientist- S4 (Pest Management), Chief
  • Mr Ajay Shree Ratna Bajracharya, Senior Scientist (S-3)
  • Mr Sanjaya Bista, Senior Technical Officer (Apiculture)
  • Mr. Ram Chandra Gouli, Senior Technical Officer
  • Dr Naresh Dangi, Scientist
  • Mr. Sudip Kumar Upadhyay, Scientist
  • Ms Sheela Devi Sharma, Scientist
  • Mrs. Resona Simkhada, Technical Officer
  • Mrs. Binu Bhat, Technical Officer

Contact

National Entomology Research Centre
Khumaltar, Lalitpur
PO Box: 5459, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 977-1-5521141 Fax: 977-1-4262500
Email: ento@narc.gov.np
Website: www.narc.gov.np