Natural pest control method gets popular in Rangpur

31 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

RANGPUR: Adoption of eco-friendly natural pests’ management methods like perching and light trap continues expanding while farming Boro rice in Rangpur agriculture region this season.

Being motivated by the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), farmers are applying natural perching and light trap methods for pests’ management to increase hygienic Boro rice output minimising cost of insecticide, reports BSS.

Additional Director of the DAE at its Rangpur regional office Agriculturalist Khandker Abdul Wahed told the agency that farmers are reaping enormous benefits by adopting perching and light trap methods in preventing pests’ attacks on Boro rice plants.

Adopting perching method, farmers have set up bamboo poles or horizontal stems or branches of trees at regular intervals in a crop field so that pest-eating birds can easily alight or roost on those.

“Till Sunday, farmers have brought over 4.46 lakh hectares of growing Boro rice fields out of a totally cultivated land area of 5.03 lakh hectares under perching method in all five districts of the region,” Wahed said.

Many birds are sitting on bamboo poles, stems or tree branches and flying and eating harmful insects on tender rice plants helping farmers combating pests’ attacks naturally without applying pesticides.

Meanwhile, the DAE has set up a target for farmers of setting up 10,240 light traps on their growing Boro rice fields and the process continues across the region.

The light trap method is cheap, easy to apply, very effective and also environment-friendly to kill harmful pests in growing Boro rice fields to increase production of more hygienic rice.

“To trap harmful pests, farmers have to place a pot filled with a mixture of water and detergent under a source of light. Drawn towards the reflection of the light in the pot at night, harmful insects fall into the water and consequently die,” he said.

Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid said light trap is one of the very effective tools for pests’ management in organic agriculture as it traps insects and minimises their population.

“We’re encouraging farmers to use the low-cost light trap device to control pests in crop fields as it contributes to integrated pest control management reducing indiscriminate use of pesticides alongside increasing crop production,” he said.

Deputy Director of the DAE for Rangpur Agriculturist Dr Md Sarwarul Haque said the process of adopting perching and light trap methods still continues on Boro rice fields in Rangpur agriculture region.

“The DAE has been conducting motivational and training activities to inspire farmers in using these eco-friendly methods for saving the growing Boro rice plants from pests’ attack at different stages to get more rice yield,” he added.

Talking to the agency, farmers Lokman Hossain, Ariful Haque and Echhahaq Ali of different villages here said that adoption of perching and light trap methods are helping them in pests’ management without using insecticides saving the environment and ecosystems.