ARAB AND NEAR EAST PLANT PROTECTION NEWSLETTER
Number 66 December, 2015
Wrap up workshop of the FAO Regional Project on Tuta absoluta management.
The wrap up workshop of the FAO TCP Project on Tuta absoluta management in the Near East Region was held during 18-19 August 2015 in Beirut, Lebanon. The workshop aimed at (1) Reviewing the progress made in the project implementation in the participating countries; (2) Presenting the project findings/achievements, success stories, lessons learned, conclusions and recommendations on both; countries and regional levels; (3) Suggesting and discussing the project future sustainability steps to be taken on the national and regional levels. The Project was officially launched in March 2013 to support the management programs of the invasive pest Tuta absoluta in five countries in the region (Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen). Forty-eight FFSs with (857 farmers) were established to enable farmers to control the pest using IPM and biological control tools to minimize pesticides applications. More than 4600 farmers at the regional level were also trained on IPM of Tuta absoluta through field seminars and field days; and more than 600 technical staff were trained in IPM-FFSs establishment and facilitation, biological control and Pest Risk Analysis (PRA). Farmers became familiar with the IPM approach and became aware on the importance of the collaboration among themselves to control and limit the spread the pest in the same area. Farmers realized the importance and benefit of IPM approach in reduction of production cost through decreased fertilizers and pesticides application that were reduced from more than 16 applications to 8 pesticide applications during the season (in some countries) using bio-pesticides or IPM friendly pesticides. With IPM-FFSs approach, farmers became more familiar with how to read the pesticide label and to understand the information on its (toxicity, pre-harvest period, etc.).
FAO Tuta absoluta Management Manual
The FAO Regional Office for the Near East & North Africa published recently a comprehensive manual on management of invasive pest Tuta absoluta. The manual is published in Arabic language
with illustrative high resolution pictures. The manual is a simplified practical guide that contains available data on how to detect and identify the pest, monitoring of the pest, assessing the damage, prevention measures and control measures in the open fields and green houses. This manual is an important technical and scientific tool for various interested groups of technicians, researchers and farmers
in control and managing the risk of Tuta absoluta. The manual could be found on FAO website through these links (http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4831a.pdf) or( http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/b1cc9663-854a-4946-8097-266b4b46e7f5/ ).