Government of Thailand Provides Technical Assistance for Training on Biological Control in Myanmar and Vietnam 26-30 March 2018 (Southern Shan State, Myanmar) and 16-20 April 2018 (Hun Yen, Vietnam)

Government of Thailand Provides Technical Assistance for Training on Biological Control in Myanmar and Vietnam
26-30 March 2018 (Southern Shan State, Myanmar) and 16-20 April 2018 (Hun Yen, Vietnam)

The Thailand Department of Agriculture Extension through its Biological Control Group, Pesticide Management Division carried out an assessment mission and conducted trainings on biological control (BC) in Myanmar and Vietnam in March and April, respectively. The South-South collaboration was facilitated by the Swedish-supported FAO Asia Regional IPM/Pesticide Risk Reduction Programme upon the request of the Governments of Myanmar and Vietnam. Thailand has long-standing expertise in the development, application and utilization of BC options in agriculture and plays an important role in strengthening BC programmes elsewhere in the Asia Region. The technical assistance mission focused on biocontrol for Diamond Backmoth (Plutella xylostella) in brassica production systems in Southern Shan State, Myanmar. In Vietnam, the mission focus was on the use of Metarhizium anisopliae for management of Brown Planthoppers (Nilaparvata lugens) and White-backed Planthopper (Sogatella furcifera) in rice production in northern and central Vietnam.

The cooperation aimed to develop capacities in the government technical line ministries of Myanmar and Vietnam and in particular provide information, education and training on the principles and tools for BC in order to assist in the development of national strategies for sustainable agriculture development. The practical trainings allowed for review of concepts and principles of BC; sharing of experiences, opportunities and challenges for quality production and sustainable utilization of BCA; identification of best options for ensuring better access and utilization of BC options by IPM farmers within the context of Farmer Field Schools and follow up training activities.