Herbal Preparation for Control of Sucking Pests in Crops

Name : Janki Devi100_0433

District & State :  -1, Bihar

Category : Herbal products

Award :   Consolation

Award Function :   5th National Grassroots Innovation Awards

Award Year : 2009

Innovation Description

  • Award Status

100_0435Fifty-seven years old Janaki devi, a house wife, using two local herbs, has developed a herbal formulation to control white flies in different crops.

Bettiah, where Janaki devi lives with her family, is the headquarter of West Champaran district of Bihar, near Indo-Nepal border, 225 km from Patna. It is well connected by roads and railways to all major cities of the region. As the region falls in the Indo Gangetic plains, the soil is highly fertile and availability of water for irrigation is aplenty. Farmers of the area grow rice, wheat, sugarcane and maintain some livestock.

Janaki Devi stays with her husband, Parshuram Das, three sons and a daughter in a small brick house.  Her husband, who is educated upto matric, is a retired mechanical supervisor of the Irrigation Department in Bettiah. Her daughter and the eldest son, who is doing a degree in Ayurveda, are married. The youngest son is studying while the one elder to him is working as a driver in the Irrigation Department.

Janaki devi is a housewife and is educated upto class four. Apart from possessing skills in managing the household, she holds good knowledge of herbal medicines also. A keen observer and an avid learner since childhood, she used to accompany her father to their agriculture field everyday and helped him in minor chores. Being a curious child, she used to interact with her grand father and elder brothers also. She has been much interested in the use of herbs for curing ailments and making agricultural products. Though she did not practice much agriculture herself but the tremendous knowledge, she gained while interacting with others, is evident in the confidence with which she speaks


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