‘Trichogramma’ lab opensin Vitali for Zambo farmers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:48

A trichogramma laboratory has just been established in Vitali, east of this city, and is now ready to serve the farmers in the city.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat announced yesterday that the laboratory equipment, which was provided by the Department of Agriculture with counterpart from the local government, will eventually help local corn farmers.

He said local farmers have been clamoring for the establishment of such laboratory in the city to help increase their harvest with the use of environmental friendly and egg-based parasitoids also known as trichogramma.

With the facility, farmers will no longer use chemical pesticides, which have been found destructive to corn crops, thus reducing farm hazards.

Palacat said trichogramma is most effective to control crop pests, which are basically polyphagous and easy to raise in a laboratory. The trichogramma card will be available in the first cropping season this year.

Meanwhile, the city agriculturist said at least 25 corn farmers have recently completed the season-long Farmers Field School on Organic Corn Production in Sitio Linduman, Barangay Vitali.

In his message during the graduation ceremony, Assistant City Agriculturist Teodulo Adora emphasized the implementation of Ordinance No. 427, also known as Organic Agriculture Ordinance of Zamboanga City.

Also present during the ceremony were Nahul Akmad IPM regional coordinator of the Department of Agriculture, and Elderico Tabal of Vitali Agricultural Field Officer.— Vic Larato