Climate change is a global phenomenon putting diverse cascading effects on every sphere of life on the earth, including agriculture. On the other hand, the world's population is increasing which demands to produce sufficient amount of food. With the prevailing scenario of climate change, a vast diversity of insect pests, diseases, and weeds invade crops, vegetables, fruit, and forest trees and cause huge losses to their production both in on-farm and post-harvest / storage. This Institute has inherited ties with local research institutes like CCRI, CRS, MRI, AMRI, and Agri. Extension, Pest Warning, and Quality Control of Pesticides. These links will pave the path to grooming the Institute's students professionally and. Several research projects have been submitted to renowned funding agencies of National and International fame like Higher Education Commission (HEC), USAID, Pakistan Science Foundation, Pakistan Agriculture Research Board (PARB), International Foundation for Science (IFS), ACIAR, and JICA. Moreover, five research projects have been funded by PARB, HEC, and IFS on Cotton Whitefly and Pink bollworm, Mango Fruit and Shoot Borer and Mango Fruit Fly, and viruses of onion and garlic, respectively. Currently, active programs are B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture (Entomology & Plant Pathology), M.Sc. (Hons.) Entomology, M.Sc. (Hons.) Plant Pathology, Ph.D. Entomology, and Ph.D. Plant Pathology. The Institute of Plant Protection (IPP) has developed a blended teaching system for effective learning. IPP has been practicing a learning management system (LMS) without compromising the standards of teaching. The IPP faculty has recently organized two conferences i.e. International Conference on Smart Plant Protection and International Conference for Bee Pollination & Conservation. Many scientists, academia, policymakers, students, and farmers have participated in these gatherings. At the end, besides other technical policy points about locust management, all speakers agreed that collaborative efforts at the national and international level are necessary for effective pest management. Moreover, the Institute is also actively engaged in developing a biological control of locusts, which threatens the commercial production of various crops in Southern Punjab. Similarly, the regional community is also getting benefits from the institute in the form of diagnostic facilities for pests and diseases and the best possible solution for their management.
Uplifting agricultural community through enhancing agricultural productivity by minimizing losses caused by insect pest complex and diseases using modern and environmental friendly measures, stabilizing natural ecosystem.
Developing an integrated system of research and outreach for plant protection.
- Development of human resource equipped with modern innovative technologies to manage and control insect pests and disease causing organisms.
- Introducing eco-friendly approaches for effective management of biotic stresses.
- Offer diagnostic services to public and private sector organizations and farming community.
- Ensuring sustainability of natural agro-ecosystem promoting biological control of insect-pest complex and diseases.