RAJSHAHI: Farmers of the Barind region are being encouraged and habituated to using eco-friendly pest management in their transplanted paddy field, reports BSS.
During the current season, many farmers have adopted parching method which contributes a lot towards lessening demands of chemical pesticides.District and Upazila offices of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) are extending technical support to the farmers for coping with this method.
Zaidur Rahman, a farmer of Karnahar village under Paba upazila, has cultivated Aman paddy on 35 bigha of land. He has started using parching method. “Parching method has multidimensional benefits,” he said.
Monzur-E-Mawla, Upazila Agriculture Officer, said light-trap and parching are environmentally sound method for detecting harmful insects especially Brown Plant Hopper (BPH).
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 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 region to detect the harmful insects in the Aman fields and use the insecticides accordingly to save the crops.“We have set up 4,073 light traps and imparted training to more than 10,000 farmers in the region in Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore and Chapainawabgonj districts,” said SM Mustafizur Rahman, Zonal Additional Director of DAE.