Integrated pest management (IPM)

Farmers receiving training on I.P.M

Farmers receiving training on I.P.M

At MOOF, we embrace and practice integrated pest management. In I.P.M we integrate and apply various pest and disease techniques; biological methods, cultural methods, Physical methods and mechanical methods. Our I.P.M strategy does not involve any use of synthetic pesticides. We   also neither advocate for nor use G.M.OS (Genetically Modified Organisms).

Application of diglyphus isaea to snow peas crop

Application of diglyphus isaea to snow peas crop

Biological methods practiced at MOOF

Here we use local living organisms to control pests. Such  as Diglyphus isaea to control leaf miner, Phytoseiulus persimilis to control red spider mites, Amblyseius to control red spider mites and thrips, Aphidius colemani to control aphids and Encarsia Formosa to control green house white fly, parasitoid wasp to control caterpillars and lady birds to control aphids.

Replication of biological organisms

Replication of biological organisms

Cultural methods

    1. Use of clean seeds/ planting material
    2. Planting varieties adapted to the region

Proper plant hygiene- weeding

Collection of diglyphus isaea

Collection of diglyphus isaea

Physical methods

    1. Water traps
    2. Beer traps – use of stale beer to trap insects and slugs

Hand picking big pests e.g. Beetles from crops

Agricultural extension agents scouting for pests and disease

Agricultural extension agents scouting for pests and disease

Mechanical

  1. Use of sticky traps
  2. Use of light to attract insects
  3. Use of pheromones
Yellow sticky traps for trapping pests

Yellow sticky traps for trapping pests

Plant extracts

  1. Use of garlic
  2. Use of pyrethrum extract – Pyrethroids
  3. Neem extracts