Alternative Pest Management Manual For Rice

Farmers stand at the cutting edge of civilization. They steward the land, the basis of human existence. They cultivate the food that feed nations. They can manage ecosystems to ensure continuing abundance or degrade and reduce the productivity of ecosystems. The crucial role farmers play to the well being of society does not receive due accord globally, particularly in the developing nations of Asia and elsewhere. The life of millions of small holding farming families in the region are fraught with challenges. Climate change affecting animals and crops, poor infrastructure affecting market access, poor market information affecting income, poor basic amenities affecting standard of living, low access to education affecting future potential. Nevertheless, they continue tirelessly to work the land, feed the people, as well as innovate land care practices appropriate to their condition. Their knowledge and the capacity to develop new knowledge are sadly being undervalued and undermined. Well paid white coats of the agro-industry prescribe toxins and unnatural genetic engineering as the agriculture norm of the day. It matters not that the health of millions of farmers are affected, also that the environment and consequently their livelihood are impaired. The challenge to realize sustainable agriculture is one to be implemented acre by acre. One by one, millions of fields throughout the region and globally transform themselves either in the image of knowledge systems derived from farmers’ practices or those from laboratory trials. While the agro-industry profit from pushing and controlling the use of non-sustainable technology, farmer innovators continue to share their knowledge systems freely to fellow practitioners asking little in return.


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