POST TIME: 1 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
‘Eco-friendly rat management effective in many ways’

‘Eco-friendly rat management effective in many ways’

RAJSHAHI: Scientists and other researchers concerned viewed eco-friendly rat management can be vital means of protecting many beneficial insects together with maintaining a sound environment, reports BSS. They revealed that the farmers destroy various species of the insects during the time of eliminating the destructive ones due to lack of adequate knowledge in this regard. The farmers conventionally apply rodenticide killing many non-target beneficial animals and birds.

They were addressing a daylong farmers training on the issue of eco-friendly integrated pest management. Vertebrate Pest Management Division (VPMD) of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) organiSed the training at its local station of On Farm Research Division (OFRD) here on Thursday.

VPMD Principal Scientific Officer Dr Shah Alam, Principal Investigator of the project Dr ATM Hasanuzzaman, OFRD Senior Scientific Officer Nur-E-Alam Siddiqui and its Scientific Officer Jahedul Islam conducted the training sessions as resource persons disseminating their expertise on the issue. Dr Shah Alam says integrated rodent management in wheat and rice faring through eco-friendly control techniques is very important in order to address the problem of food grain loss caused by rat.

VPMD has been implementing a project titled “Eco-friendly Integrated Rat Managment” in order to address the problem.

He said the project encourages the farmers towards using trap with applying a little amount of rodenticide to control rat in environmental friendly means only when necessary. If this method is practiced properly, about cent percent desired result can be attained.

Dr Alam said a comprehensive approach needs to be adopted to conserve the beneficial insects in the greater interest of maintaining biodiversity and ecological balance.

The new rat control method is helpful to control rat without killing and injuring beneficial animals and insects. Dr ATM Hasanuzzaman told the farmers that rat is a serious threat to agriculture of the country. It causes wheat damage up to 77,000 tonnes and rice 80,000 tonnes every year. The total loss of rice and wheat may be up to Tk 700 crore.