Online Training Course on Principals and Application of Integrated Pest and Disease Management in the Tropics
The existence of plant pests and diseases is one of the most daunting challenges to farmers operating in the tropics. In order to further enhance farmers’ knowledge in the field of pesticides and disease management, a course entitled “Online Training Course on Principals and Application of Integrated Pest and Disease Management in the Tropics” was organised by the Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation, in cooperation with Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia and Bangladesh Agricultural University on 29th until 30th April 2021.
The training focused on ecologically-based Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM), i.e. careful examination of all available pest and disease control techniques through integration into economically justified levels and minimising risks to human health and the environment. 22 participants from 8 countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, and the Solomon Islands took part in this training course. The majority were from governmental sectors, but the training was also attended by individuals from educational institutions and the private sector.
NAM CSSTC provided 4 prominent IPDM-specific and sustainable agriculture, agricultural systems and technology trainers/facilitators from the Ministry of the Agriculture Republic of Indonesia and Bangladesh Agricultural University. The participants were generally discussed on pests and disease recognition, pre-harvest and post-harvest management, as well as the effective plant protection approach for pests and diseases management. Through lectures, discussions, and video examples, the participants were able to learn the material.
81.2% of participants were pleased to participate in the course. The programme spurred NAM CSSTC and other associated institutions to conduct similar training, in particular regarding agricultural development in emerging countries. (Yasmin Nur Habibah)