IPM for the Philippines
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CTA. 1988. IPM for the Philippines. Spore 18. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Farmers throughout the Philippines are learning to use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) rather than pesticides in their efforts to protect their crops from pests. IPM makes use of all available technologies and farming practices in an effort to...
Farmers throughout the Philippines are learning to use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) rather than pesticides in their efforts to protect their crops from pests. IPM makes use of all available technologies and farming practices in an effort to control a pest with the greatest efficiency and least environmental damage. The government has trained well over 100,000 farmers in IPM, and the Department of Agriculture is working closely with other organizations, such as the University of the Philippines and the Philippine Rice Research Institute, to promote IPM to a wider audience. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is also playing a crucial part in the programme, conducting seminars all over the country and producing information and training materials. The nation's media, too, have an active part, with television advertisements promoting the use of biological control agents appearing daily on all TV stations. A second television advertisement, advocating the proper use of pesticides, is scheduled for broadcast soon. Results in the country have been good, with rice farmers claiming that IPM practices are increasing their yields by more than four tonnes per hectare. In addition, reduction in pesticide use has allowed fish, crabs and edible snails to return to paddy fields, improving both food supply and income for local farmers In the effort to move away from the use of dangerous environmentally-damaging pesticides, some farmers are beginnin 9 to manufacture their own. The most successful is called 5-2-1-6, consisting of five gallons of water, two tablespoons of kerosene one pack of detergent and six pieces of hot chilli. The end product is cheaper than commercial pesticides, works as effectively, and is much safer. For more details, contact: IRRI Box 933 Manila PHILIPPINES