A methodology for determining insect control recommendations

Litsinger, J.A. and Lumaban, M.D. and Bandong, J.P. and et al, . (1980) A methodology for determining insect control recommendations. Other. IRRI, Philippines.

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The relatively recent concept of integrated insect pest control has evolved as a way of dealing with the complex array of control procedures to ensure more stable solutions to insect pest problems. The cropping systems approach offers further insights such as how to integrate, adapt and specify insect control technology into a local farm setting. The cropping systems approach is discussed in detail, with particular reference to rice and associated crops in the Philippines. The generation of control technology begins in the laboratory and greenhouse and is followed by field tests at commodity-oriented experimental stations. Applied research adapts the technology to specific areas (environments) within a country. During this phase, insect control technology is specified to farm-level cropping patterns and is integrated into other production practices. The methodology of applied research includes the subprocesses of description, design, testing and evaluation. Description includes evaluation of farmers' present insect control practices, determination of their resource level (cash, power, labour) for applying appropriate insect control technology, understanding constraints and managerial limitations to their adoption of improved technology, quantification of yield losses and identification of key pests. A standard questionnaire that can be used to record this information is appended. Appropriate technology is selected (design phase) based on the results of the description and is confirmed through cropping-pattern trials on farmers' fields (testing phase) over several years. The results are analysed (evaluation phase) in relation to the farmers' current production system. If the improved technology is economically attractive, a decision may be made for extension services to embark on the multilocation testing programme. Technical problems encountered during the transfer of information to the farmer are fed back through the system and may lead to controlled experiments in an attempt to solve them

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Author Affiliation: Entomology Department, Cropping Systems Program, International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines
Subjects: Plant Protection
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 06:26
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2012 06:26
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/8448

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