Use of biorational pest management technology in farming stressed

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

today.

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

and environment.

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)