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Integrated Pest and Disease Management

Part of SIRDI’s commitment to introduce Best Practices to the sugarcane farming community is now showcasing a new video presentation on the topic of Integrated Pest and Disease Management. The video describes the number of pests of economic value to farmers with emphasis on the Frog hopper. This pest is the major cause of lower yields and poor quality of sugarcane delivered to the mill. Its control is highlighted by using integrated pest management practices to control it and emphasizes that chemical control is the last line of attack. Integrated pest management is the most ecologically approved method to control pests and diseases and makes the most sense in a quality improvement program of management of sugarcane production. The video was produced by SIRDI and BSI/ASR and aired using funds provided by the IDB/MIF project “Creating a Sustainable Sugarcane Industry in Northern Belize”.

Pest and Disease Project Overview

The Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI) and the European Union (EU) have entered into an 18 month agreement for the provision of Strengthening Integrated Pest and Disease Management in the Sugar Industry. The project will deliver an effective and environmentally friendly pest and disease management system in the sugar industry.

This project will enable SIRDI to build capacity in the areas of IPDM research and development, while ensuring its sustainability through the provision of technical services. The specific objective is to improve the management of pest and disease in sugarcane production in Belize.

The design and implementation of the a IPDM will be executed by the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute in close collaboration with key stakeholders including the three sugarcane farmers’ associations, government, developmental agencies and NGO’s.

The Project shall consist of the following four main components and activities:

  • Component 1: Strengthening the capacity of SIRDI in IPDM research and development
  • Component 2: Extension and Improvement of Infrastructure Facilities
  • Component 3: Improve Monitoring Facilities
  • Component 4: Improve Facilities for Extension Services and Training

IPDM Project ACTIVITIES

  • 1. Capacity building of SIRDI staff and lab staff.
  • 2. Construction of lab facilities
  • 3. Develop an effective Monitoring System/ Early Warning System to support and guide Pest Management Decisions.
  • 4. Detailed study/investigation on the biology and ecology of pests and their natural enemies.
  • 5. Collection, fungus Metarhizium in the field.
  • 6. Establishment of research result demonstration plots.
  • 7. Capacity building of the Extension Services (officers) from SIRDI in the knowledge and application of the IPDM strategy.
  • 8. Development of training material (manual) on the IPDM strategy.
  • 9. Development of Early warning system for Pest and Disease Management.
  • 10. Farmer training in best practices for the integrated management of sugar cane pest.

BENEFICIARIES: Government of Belize, Sugar Industry in Belize, Smallholder Sugarcane Farmers in Northern Belize, the Agricultural and General Population in Northern Belize.

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