Research institute calls for more funds to scout better pest management solutions
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) urged government to invest more on researching sustainable options for pest management instead of an integrated approach that involves the heavy use of pesticide.
Buyang Hadi, an entomologist at IRRI, noted that most Asian countries are importing an ever-increasing amount of pesticides.
Citing data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Hadi said Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and India at least tripled their pesticide import values between 2000 and 2010 — most of which are used for rice production.
“Perhaps the problem lies in the amount of investment involved in researching and promoting options other than pesticide,” Hadi said.
“Public funds will need to strategically flow into the inclusion and promotion of resistance genes in elite varieties.”