Biorational pest management is beneficial to soil, public health, crops and the environment
Field level officials and staff of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) have been urged to transfer biorational-based pest management technologies to the farmers to make them knowledgeable about producing safe food.
As they are the pioneers to disseminate the innovative technologies to the grassroots farmers they have to take the responsibility of making them aware of the biopesticide method.
Large-scale promotion of biorational pest management in the farming of fruit and vegetables has become crucial for protecting public health from the harmful impacts of toxic chemical pesticides.
Agricultural scientists and researchers came up with the observations while addressing a regional workshop titled "Biorational Based Pest Management Technology Transfer" at the DAE conference hall in Rajshahi on Sunday.
The Entomology Division of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) hosted the program in association with its ‘Development and Expansion of Bio-rational-based Integrated Pest Management Technologies of Vegetables, Fruits and Betel Leaf’ project.
Additional Secretary Komolaranjan Das of the Ministry of Agriculture addressed the workshop as chief, while Director of Bangladesh Sugar Crop Research Institute Dr Samajit Kumar Pal, Deputy Director of DAE Abdul Awal spoke as special guests with Dr Debasish Sarker, Director of Pulse Research Centre in the chair.
BARI Principal Scientific Officers Dr Alim Uddin and Dr Jagadish Chandra Barman also spoke at the program.
Chief Scientific Officer of the Entomology Division Dr Nirmal Kumar Datta portrayed the aspects of promoting biorational based pest management technologies during his keynote presentation.
DAE officials from various upazila and unions joined the workshop sharing their views on the issue besides putting forward a set of recommendations on how to remove the existing problems and anomalies in this field.
Komolaranjan Das urged the participants to motivate the growers to follow only the guidelines of the field level agricultural officials and scientists instead of any insecticide dealers and sellers during fruit and vegetable farming from its nursing to harvesting for the sake of sound public health and the environment.
Using chemical pesticides in farming fields is always harmful to the soil and public health, crops, and the environment. So, there is no way but to give utmost importance to promoting biorational pest management widely.
Dr Debasish Sarker told the meeting that BARI has developed a number of bio-rational-based integrated pest management technologies for fruit and vegetable and has been expanding those to farmers’ through various training and motivational programs.