Planting BT eggplant to cut ‘harmful’ pesticide spraying
Residues of insecticides used by eggplant farmers have serious consequences, but the new Bt eggplant has proven to cut pesticide spraying—eradicating deleterious effects to human health and the environment, a statement showed.
Farmers and member of their families who plant conventional eggplant varieties for many years have been exposed to harmful chemicals that pose serious health risks, a study conducted in a farming community in Pangasinan revealed.
This study also reveals the advantage of superior crop varieties genetically-engineered to be made superior, having the resistance to the fruit-and-shoot borer (FSB) that can cause severe damage to eggplant farms.
“With the development by Filipino plant breeders of Bt eggplant that has built-in resistance to FSB, there is now hope that Filipino farmers can do away with pesticide spraying by as much as 100 percent,” the statement showed.
An ability to stamp out FSB by up to 100 percent has already been observed in the Bt eggplant varieties tested on actual fields in barangays Paitan and Sta. Maria in Pangasinan.