Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Science for pest management

Push-pull plot during 2nd season, maize and desmodium with Striga border crop. The plot is bordered with Napier grass. © icipe
Push–pull is a technology that uses intercropping to repel insect pests from crops. The push-pull strategy intercrops cereals with a repellant plant bordered by an attractive trap plant.
This technology is now being adopted and disseminated far and wide and since its development in 1997 an approximately 100,000 farmers have benefited from it. Young scientists should therefore strive to give agriculture a new lease by investing in such problem solving researches.  

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