RAJSHAHI: Fruit scientists and researchers have urged the farmers to control mango hopper through the best uses of bio-pest management method to boost the mango yield, reports BSS.
They mentioned that mango is one of the cash crops and very much profitable and popular one in the region, but the hopper destructs it badly affecting the farmers financially every year.On the contrary, the farmers use pesticide indiscriminately and excessively to protect the crop through managing the menace. But, non-judicious use of pesticides is harmful to both public health and environment, they added.
They came up with the observation while addressing a farmers’ field day titled “Controlling of Mango Hopper through Integrated Pest Management Method-based on Bio-pest technology” at Khirshin Fakirpara village under Paba Upazila in the district on Saturday.
Entomology Section of Horticulture Research Centre in Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) organized the field day in association with IPM IL Bangladesh Site and USAID.
More than 100 mango farmers attended that programme to receive ideas and knowledge about how to promote safe and eco-friendly pest management technologies in mango farming fields.
Bangladesh Site Coordinator of IMP IL Project Yousuf Mian addressed the meeting as focal person while principal investigator of the project and principal scientific officer of BARI Dr Shahadat Hossain, principal scientific officer of Fruit Research Station Dr Alim Uddin and senior scientific officer of Regional Horticulture Research Center Mosharraf Hossain disseminated their expertise on the issue.
Dr Shahadat Hossain mentioned that substantial and sustainable promotion of bio-pesticide is very crucial for producing safe fruits and crops side by side with protecting soil health from further degradation.He said using chemical pesticides on green fruits is always harmful to soil and public health, crops and environment. So, there is no way but to giving utmost importance to promoting bio-pesticides widely, he added.
Yousuf Mian said normally farmers apply chemical insecticides and pesticides in farming fields, killing all the insects including the useful ones causing environmental degradation.