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Wheat rust diseases: preparedness and prevention is key

Contingency Planning for Management of Wheat Rust DiseasesWheat rust diseases are among the major constraints of wheat in South Asia as well as in other parts of the world. Rust diseases are airborne and respect no boundaries. They can spread over borders and cause significant...[more]

Regional Symposium on the Management of Fruit Flies in Near East Countries

Globally, fruit flies (Diptera, Tephritidae) are one of the most agriculturally important families of insects. About 70 species of fruit flies are considered important agricultural pests, causing very high losses every year. Fruit flies attack fruits of many important crops,...[more]

Minimum tillage potato IPM boosts farm incomes

In  2008, FAO introduced Viet Nam to the concept of minimum tillage potato growing using integrated pest management (IPM) in lowland rice production systems. Rice fields are not ploughed, or tilled, after harvesting. Instead, the paddies are drained using drainage furrows that...[more]

Regional Training workshops on pesticide residue risk assessment and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) setting

Following the first international training workshop on the establishment of MRLs and residue risk assessment held last year in Budapest, Hungary, in collaboration with the Foreign Agricultural Service, United States Department of Agriculture, in 2011, AGPMC held other three...[more]

Regional Training workshops on pesticide residue risk assessment and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) setting in Brazil and Ghana

In collaboration with the Foreign Agricultural Service, United States Department of Agriculture, AGPMC held two regional training workshops on pesticide residue risk assessment and standard setting in Brazil and Ghana.  The workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean was held...[more]

Joint International Symposium on management of Tuta absoluta (tomato borer)

In the past few years T. absoluta (tomato borer) has spread rapidly through countries in the Mediterranean Basin and has threatened tomato production in protected and open systems. While various countries may have worked to develop management strategies for the tomato borer,...[more]

Pesticide problem solved in Paraguay

In Paraguay a fire that took place in a site owned by the Oficina Fiscalizadora de Algodón y Tabaco  (OFAT) in the city of Asunción in 2003 resulted in about 160 tonnes of damaged pesticides, contaminated soil and other contaminated materials being placed in hastily procured...[more]

Training workshop on the establishment of MRLs in Budapest

The first FAO Training Workshop on the establishment of Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) and risk assessment of pesticide residue took place in Budapest, Hungary, from 8 to 12 November 2010. Fifteen trainees participated in the workshop, thirteen of them coming from developing...[more]

Emergency locust crisis in Madagascar

Since the last rainy season, an upsurge of the Migratory Locust is underway in Madagascar. The food security and livelihood of nearly half a million Malagasy households is threatened. From May 2010 onwards, locust swarms have progressively moved northwards from the outbreak...[more]

Strengthening regional and national locust management in Caucasus and Central Asia to reduce threat to food security, human health and the environment

More than 25 million hectares of cultivated land in the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) are potentially threatened by locusts and grasshoppers every year, and infestations have increased by 65 percent since 2006. The three main locust pests (Italian, Moroccan and Asian Migratory...[more]

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