Integrated Pest Management In Rice Cultivation

Over the last four decades, the development and use of high–yielding varieties has been promoted as the way to rapidly improve and advance technologies in agriculture in developing countries. However, the use of high–yielding varieties requires high inputs of both synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides to achieve high productivity. This orientation towards the unilateral use of chemical pesticides was challenged when widespread negative externalities (economic, social, health and environmental) became apparent. For instance, rice production in many developing countries has suffered from the almost complete reliance on pesticides. Asian governments, international agencies and non-governmental organizations(NGOs) have been working together to organize training which helps farmers to learn about the ecology of their fields, thereby enabling them to make and implement better decisions towards safer, more productive and sustainable agricultural practices. This ecological approach to plant protection is called Integrated Pest Management, or IPM. IPM not only involves minimizing the use of pesticides, it also uses a wide range of ecologically friendly cultivation practices that discourage the development of pest populations while keeping pesticides and other interventions to levels that are cost effective and safe for human health and the environment.


Title: Integrated Pest Management In Rice Cultivation
Authors: PAN Asia Pacific
Tags: Integrated Pest Management
Date: 29-Sep-2009
Publisher: PAN Asia Pacific
Category Type: Articles
Appears in Sub-Collections:Highly Hazardous Pesticides


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