Research on ‘fall armyworm control’ to benefit local farmers

ILOILO CITY, May 11 (PIA) -- Local farmers in Western Visayas are expected to benefit from a research project that focused on the monitoring and control of fall armyworm (FAW).

This, as the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Research Division, Regional Crop Pest Management Center (RCPMC), and Corn Program established a research project focused on monitoring and control of FAW in Sitio Paradahan, Brgy. Igcocolo, Guimbal, Iloilo.

Luisa P. Fulgueras of DA-Western Visayas Research Division, said they are hoping that the results gathered at the end of the research project can help farmers in controlling and managing FAW.

“Farmers’ participation plays a vital role in the success of the community-based research,” she said.

The establishment of monitoring sites aims to validate and verify the efficacy of different control measures for FAW. It also aims to identify the most effective and suitable control practices for the pest.

A total of six treatments were prepared in the monitoring sites – Treatment 1: No Control, Treatment 2: Systemic Control, Treatment 3: Contact/Stomach Control, Treatment 4: Systemic and Contact Control, Treatment 5: Botanical Concoction Control, and Treatment 6: Metarhizium.

Pest monitoring on the six treatment areas was being conducted every 5-6 days after spraying. Collected data like the number of live FAW collected during the monitoring is being documented.

To help corn farmers determine the effective management control for FAW, the team conducted a field evaluation on the 65-day old glutinous corn.

Some 45 farmers from Sitio Paradahan participated in field activity on May 4, 2021.

Meanwhile, Fulgueras said that the direct involvement of farmers from the establishment and monitoring of the corn areas used in the research will give them first-hand knowledge on the management of fall armyworm and other pests.

She also encouraged the farmer-participants to share their learnings with other farmers in the locality to reciprocate the best practices on pest management. (DA-RAFIS6/JSC/LTP/PIA6 Iloilo/Thumbnail photo courtesy of Jerem V. De Guzman, DA-WV_Info)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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