Eco-friendly pest management gains popularity in Khulna

KHULNA Using of Eco-friendly pest management method

in farming fields of transplanted Aman paddy has become visible as many

farmers have started adopting the method in the Dakop upazila in the

district.

During the current season, many farmers have seen adopting parching

method which contributes a lot towards lessening demands of chemical

pesticides.

District and Upazila offices of Department of Agricultural Extension

(DAE) side by side with the research entities concerned are providing

technical support to the farmers for coping with this method.

Sagor Halder, a farmer of Pankhali village under Dakop upazila, has

cultivated Aman paddy on his six bighas of land. He has started using

parching method. Parching method has gotten us multidimensional benefits,

he said.

Foni Bhushon Mondal, a farmer of Kalabogi village also said he has

cultivated Aman on 15 bighas of land and 83 percent land using parching

method in this season.

Deputy Director of Khulna DAE Agriculturist Pankaj Kanti Majumdar said

light-trap and parching are environmentally sound method for detecting

harmful insects.

Eco-friendly 'light-trap' method as an alternative to pesticides control

getting popular among the farmers at different villages as they are attaining

significant success in pest management on transplanted Aman paddy, he said.

He also said the low-cost method is helpful for maintaining ecological

balance in the fields. The farmers are extremely enthusiastic in using the

method because they are reaping benefit from it.

DAE officials have introduced the programme in the district to detect

the harmful insects in the Aman fields and use the insecticides accordingly

to save the crops.

Dakop Upazila Agriculture officer Mehedi Hasan Khan said, the farmers

set the light-traps at night with kerosene lamp, charger light or electric

bulb and place a pot with detergent or kerosene mixed water under the light.

The light attracts the insects that die after falling into the pot. If

harmful insects are found, experts advise the farmers to adopt effective pest

control method.

Normally farmers apply costly insecticides in the paddy fields, killing

all the insects including the useful insects, and causing environmental

degradation.

But when the harmful insects are detected through the light-trap method,

they can save money by applying a cheaper insecticide to kill that particular

pest as per the expert's suggestion.

Meanwhile, the DAE has set a target of producing more than 2.38-lakh

metric tons of transplanted Aman rice from 91,180 hectares of land in all

upazila in the district during this season.

Agriculturist Pankaj said low cost light-trap programme has been

promoted among the farmers for the last couple of years to manage pest

effectively. This year they are giving more emphasis on the programme.

Through using the light-trap and parching they can control harmful

insects and take proper pest control measure, which is cheaper and

environment-friendly.

This method has reduced indiscriminate use of pesticides by 50 percent

and the farmers are also learning to identify useful insects in the paddy

fields.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)