Techniques for controlling new plant pests – particularly tomato and potato moth – were the subject of a training workshop in Yerevan, Armenia this week.
The workshop on Integrated Pest Management was organized FAO in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia.
The workshop – aimed at improving workflow to control newly spread pests – was opened by Garnik Petrosyan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, who emphasized the importance of the event.
Gayane Nasoyan, Assistant FAO Representative in Armenia, also greeted the participants and underlined the importance of developing the IPM system in Armenia.
Representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, State Service for Food Safety, Armenian National Agrarian University, Agricultural Support Centers, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, and farmers participated in the event and made presentations on monitoring and control of pests.
The workshop was organized in the framework of FAO Project “Support for Development of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) System to Control potato moth in Armenia.” The main objective of the project is to reduce crop losses in the field through development of an effective system of pest control.
A set of leaflets on pest and disease control entitled “Integrated Pest Management of the most spread pests and diseases in Armenia” will be published under the project, for use by farmers and extension service providers.
The workshop will be followed by training on identification, monitoring, early prevention and control of tomato and potato moth, planned for May 2014.
25 March, Yerevan, Armenia