IPM trainings in Jizzakh, Namangan and Fergana Regions

Just today, a series of IPM trainings (Integrated Pest Management) came to an end in Jizzakh, Namangan and Fergana regions. The 2-day trainings were organized within the framework of EU funded Project “Sustainable development in rural areas of Uzbekistan”, implemented by German international cooperation agency GIZ.

The idea behind the course is to support the export potential of agriculture crops and introduce good agriculture practices. The IPM Courses were organized for farmers, agriculture and plant protection service providers and relevant government institutions. Only fruit that is of high quality and free of pest and diseases is suitable for exporting.

Therefore the two-day course in the Project regions covered the 10 principles of IPM, pest and disease identification, so that the participants could learn the best timing and most efficient way to control them. Farmers were also taught what the main groups of pesticides are and their modes of action. This is so that farmers can correctly rotate their pesticides to reduce the risks of pest adaption, which means the pesticides are no longer effective in controlling the pests.

There were also practical sessions in farmers’ orchards to help them better recognize which pests and diseases are causing the most problems and therefore affecting their quality and profit. Alternatives to pesticide controls were discussed such as sanitation, pruning, and the use of pheromones.