Integrated Pest Management
Leading the Way towards Natural Pest Control: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) & its success
Since, approximately one-third of the world’s harvest is lost to pest attacks, and the application of pesticides increases the cost of production, non-chemical pest prevention and control practices need to be encouraged. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an eco-friendly and sustainable system of crop protection that maximizes yields and profits with the least possible effect on the environment.
A unique action research project was taken up in 120 acres under cotton in Bhutkheda village, Jalna district, Maharashtra with the support of the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC). This project was implemented by AFPRO and Marathwada Sheti Sahayak Mandal (MSSM) Aurangabad.
Under IPM, cotton was inter cropped with cowpea in order to divert the aphids and leaf miner pests and T-shaped bird perches and various bio-agents like Chrysopa, Trichogramma, HaNPV etc. were used for the management of pests. Due to this benefiting, farmers have maintained average yields (7.1 quintals) at reduced costs.
With humble beginnings (64 farmers), we now annually work with 35,000 farmers in Maharashtra and Gujarat and are part of global platform (Better Cotton Initiative) with several leading players in the cotton supply chain contributing to development of a more sustainable cotton system.