Agusan uses light traps to control destructive rice bugs
Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said that farmers of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur are now worry-free of the rice black bug (RBB) — a pest that can reduce yield by 10 percent to 23 percent at 10 RBB per hill — as they began to use light traps.
PhilRice said the local government unit of Esperanza has recently turned over 50 units of light trap to all rice-producing barangays in the municipality in support of the community-wide light trapping campaign.
As to how the light trap works, it allows the easy collection and management of the pest since PhilRice researchers said RBB are strongly attracted to high intensity light.
During the turnover, a signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) was also held.
The said MOU laid down measures to ensure effective implementation of the light trapping project.
The campaign is part of the Rice Business Innovation System (BIS) Community Program led by PhilRice, which aims to help farmers improve their income through the use of high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies, not to mention improved access to market.