Implementing pheromone traps and other new technologies for control of cowpea insect pests in West Africa through farmer field schools
|Coordinating organisation:||Natural Resources Institute|
Promotion of strategies to reduce the impact of pests and stabilise yields in semi-arid cotton-based cropping systems, for the benefit of poor people.
Great progress was made in a previous project, R7441, in developing pheromone traps to assist in the control of Maruca vitrata by acting as predictors of infestations, enabling the timing of control measures to be optimised. The proposed project would continue work to combine the use of pheromone traps with botanical insecticides to control this important pest of cowpea in West Africa. Evidence for continuing constraints to the adoption of these technologies (and demands for their resolution) comes principally from two surveys of farmers' views conducted under project R7441. A project survey conducted in early 2002 found that 92% of farmers in Benin who had experienced pheromone traps during the project believe that they can signal the arrival of M. vitrata in cowpea fields and that this information should allow them to target their spraying activities better.
|Budget (in &euro):||211046|
|ARD-theme:||food technology & human nutrition
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|Last editing:||2006-07-18 12:47:25|