Fruit scientists and researchers have urged the farmers to control mango hopper through the best uses of bio-pest management method to boost the mango yield.
They mentioned that mango is one of the cash crops which is very profitable and popular in the region, but the hopper destroying it badly affecting the farmers financially every year.
On the contrary, the farmers use pesticide indiscriminately and excessively to protect the crop through managing the menace. But, non-judicious use of pesticides was harmful to both public health and environment, they added.
They came up with the observation while addressing a farmers’ field day titled ‘Controlling of Mango Hopper through Integrated Pest Management Method-based on Bio-pest technology’ at village Khirshin Fakirpara in Paba upazila on Saturday.
Entomology Section of Horticulture Research Centre in Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute organised the field day in association with IPM IL Bangladesh Site and USAID.
More than 100 mango farmers attended that programme to receive ideas and knowledge about how to promote safe and eco-friendly pest management technologies in mango farming fields.
Bangladesh Site Coordinator of IMP IL Project Yousuf Mian addressed the meeting as focal person while principal investigator of the project and principal scientific officer of BARI Shahadat Hossain, principal scientific officer of Fruit Research Station Alim Uddin and senior scientific officer of Regional Horticulture Research Centre Mosharraf Hossain disseminated their expertise on the issue.
Shahadat Hossain mentioned that substantial and sustainable promotion of bio-pesticide was very crucial for producing safe fruits and crops side by side with protecting soil health from further degradation.
He said using chemical pesticides on green fruits was always harmful to soil and public health, crops and environment. So, there was no way but to give utmost importance to promoting bio-pesticides widely, he added.
Yousuf Mian said normally farmers applied chemical insecticides and pesticides in farming fields, killing all the insects including the useful ones causing environmental degradation.
But when the harmful insects were detected through the bio-pest management technologies, they could save money by applying cheaper bio-pesticides to kill that particular pest as per experts’ suggestion, he said.
Alim Uddin said the destructive as well as the injurious insects could easily be controlled through promoting eco- friendly method of using organic fertiliser and indigenous insecticides instead of chemical ones.
Bio-pest management system should be promoted among the growers widely to protect the beneficial insects from degradation for the sake of maintaining a sound environment and that was very important for a sound public health and ecosystem as well, he added.
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