FAO has been supporting farmers and Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), to monitor and manage the fall armyworm infestation, as well as develop early warning systems to mitigate future infestations.
Under a project titled “Support to the Government of Rwanda in sustainable control and management of Fall Armyworm”, FAO distributed 1,800 pheromone lures and traps to farmers from six districts most affected; Nyamagabe, Nyanza, Muhanga, Rwamagana, Nyagatare and Kayonza in the Southern and Eastern Province. The FAO project supported by USAID.
The activity started in Muhanga District, today, December 20, 2018.
The pheromone traps mostly target male moths because they are the ones responsible for reproduction through mating the female ones to produce larvae (or armyworm).
In addition, 60 mobile phones, fully installed with Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (Famews) software, will be distributed to farmers from the six districts to enable them and agricultural workers to detect and report the level of infestation.
The event to distribute the technologies is being held in Rwamagana District on 20 December 2018.
FAO has already trained farmers, technical officers from MINAGRI, and the District and Sector agronomists in early warming and monitoring of the fall armyworm.
About the technique
The pheromone traps are useful in detection of early pest infestations, defining areas of pest infestations, tracking the buildup of a pest population and help in decision making for pest management.
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