Viet Nam, 08 Apr 2005 -- Ho Chi Minh City. Since 2002 eight south and southeast Asian countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam) are participating in an FAO assisted five years integrated pest management (IPM) programme co-financed by the governments of Australia, the Netherlands and Norway for a total amount of $7.5 million.
The project aims at drastically reducing pesticide use in vegetable production and increasing incomes of farmers.
Through participatory farmers training and research, the project concentrates on major pests and diseases in crops such as cabbage, kale, tomato, eggplant, potato, cucumber, gourds and beans.
The project will create or strengthen groups of smallholder vegetable farmers to carry out ecologically-based vegetable production and marketing. It will also institute sustainable arrangements for the solution of technical crop production and protection problems, and enhance the capabilities of government agencies and non-governmental organizations to carry out IPM training and field activities.
Lessons learned from field work will be used for advice to national governments on better policies in the field of farmer education, crop protection, rural development and poverty alleviation.
As part of its contribution to the financing of the IPM project, the government of Norway donated 30 million Norwegian Kroner – approximately $4.3 million. On 5 April 2005, the relevant agreement was signed in Hanoi by Norwegian ambassador Per Stavnum and FAO representative Anton Rychener.
The regional IPM vegetables programme is stationed at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. Its activities are carried out in close collaboration with other regional and local IPM-related projects in Asia.
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