RAJSHAHI Entomological scientists and researchers
concerned viewed large-scale promotion of biorational pest management in
fruit and vegetable farming has become crucial for freeing the fruits and
vegetables production from toxic chemical pesticides.
They mentioned that the role of fruits and vegetable farming and its
production is very important for both the economy and nutrition.
Successful application of biorational pest management technologies can be a
vital means of protecting the importance as the government has a policy of
ensuring food and nutritional security.
The experts came up with the observation while addressing the inaugural
session of a daylong training workshop for the trainers titled Application
of Bio-rational Based Pest Management Technology in Fruit and Vegetable
Farming at the conference hall of Fruit Research Station (FRS) in Rajshahi
Entomology Division of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI)
hosted the programme in association with its 'Development and Expansion of
Bio-rational-based Integrated Pest Management Technologies of Vegetables,
Fruits and Betel Leaf' project.
Over 210 teachers from different high schools in the region took part in
the training workshop.
Additional Secretary (Research) of the Ministry of Agriculture Komolaranjan
Das addressed the session as the chief guest while Additional Director of the
Department of Agriculture Extension Deb Dulal Dhali and its Deputy Director
Shamsul Haque spoke as special guests with Dr Debasish Sarker, Chief
Scientific Officer of BARI's Entomology Division and Director of the project,
in the chair.
Principal Scientific Officers Dr Alim Uddin, Dr Nirmal Kumar Datta, Dr
Sultan Ahmed and Dr Ziaur Rahman and Senior Scientific Officers Dr
Akhteruzzaman and Dr Iqbal Faruque also spoke.
Komolaranjan Das urged the participants to motivate the growers to follow
only the guideline of the field level agricultural officials and scientists
instead of any insecticide dealers and sellers during the fruit and vegetable
farming from its nursing to harvesting for the sake of a sound public health
Using chemical pesticides in farming fields is always harmful to soil and
public health, crops and environment. So, there is no way but to giving
utmost importance towards promoting biorational pest management widely.
Dr Debasish Sarker told the meeting that BARI has developed a number of
bio-rational-based integrated pest management technologies of fruit and
vegetable and has been expanding those to farmers level through various
training and motivational programmes.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)