FSTP teaches farmers eco-friendly pest control-A A +A
Sunday, May 11, 2014
CEBU farmers are learning how to use insects to kill pests and other environment-friendly pest management practices.
Cebu Provincial Agriculture Office Chief Roldan Sarajena said farmers who undergo training under the Capitol’s Farmer Scientist Training Program (FSTP) learn pest management and organic farming, among others.
One of the farming practices taught under the FSTP is the use of Trichogramma or mini wasps, which destroy the eggs of corn borers.
Sarajena said that by using Trichogramma, farmers avoid chemical pesticides that are toxic and hazardous to the environment and human health.
He said farmers can obtain mature eggs of Trichogramma at the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Crop Protection Center in Mandaue City.
Trichogramma as biological insecticide is used in the United States, Europe, Russia and China.
Aside from use of Trichogramma, the FSTP also teaches farmers about intercropping, introduction of different varieties of corn seeds, planting density approaches and detasseling.
Detasseling, or removing the tassels on top of the corn, is one way to create a hybrid variety of corn.
The practice involves planting two varieties of corn on a field. The tassels of two corn varieties are placed together on the ground so that one variety can fertilize the other and create a hybrid type.
Sarajena said farmer-trainees go through four months of hands-on training by Capitol consultant Dr. Romulo Davide, an agriculturist.
About 200 farmers completed FSTP training under Davide early this year. (OCP)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 11, 2014.