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IITA trains extension agents and agro-input dealers on Integrated Pests Management for cowpea production

IITA trains extension agents and agro-input dealers on Integrated Pests Management for cowpea production

Through the Feed the Future Nigeria Integrated Agriculture Activity, IITA recently trained extension agents and agro-input dealers in Adamawa and Borno States on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques for cowpea production.  

IITA trains extension agents and agro-input dealers on Integrated Pests Management for cowpea production

IPM Spray demonstration at the training in Biu Borno State.

The training exposed participants to a pest control system that does not depend on the automatic application of pesticides; insteadthe IPM regulates pests using various control measures, including mechanical, cultural, and biological. The IPM focuses on pest management that integrates all suitable techniques with the natural regulating systems barring environmental and health injury. 

The training, which lasted for two days in each state, had in attendance a total of 102 participants (59 in Adamawa: 32 extension agents and 27 input dealers36 male and 23 female; and 43 in Borno: 23 extension agents and 20 input dealers38 male and five female). 

IITA trains extension agents and agro-input dealers on Integrated Pests Management for cowpea production

IITA Senior Systems Agronomist, Nkeki Kamai, facilitating the IPM training in Yola, Adamawa State

The training recipients will transfer the knowledge to cowpea farmers, aggregators, and off-takers in the two states. This will, among other things, reduce or eliminate the health hazards on consumers of cowpea due to the unhealthy practices of storing cowpea with dangerous chemicals to prevent insect infestation.

AdamawaBornoIITA News no. 2567Nigeriatraining

Evans Samuel • 6th January 2021


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