Insects: Love-Hate relationships

Many women and men included when seeing insects, they would rather scream or run away. But, for these nine female government officers, they just could not take their eyes off the six insects in front of them.

Nine technical officers from seven ASEAN countries; namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam recently visited Bangkok, Thailand to attend a Regional Training Workshop on Mass Production of Beneficial Insects and Nematodes. The objective was to improve their knowledge and skills to further develop and implement mass production of biological control agents in their own countries.

Both beneficial insects and pest insects they got to know up close and personal on 15-19 May 2017 included Coconut Hispine Beetle, Muesebeck, Cassava Mealybug, Lacewing, Earwigsand Black-Headed Caterpillar.

“The mass production of natural enemies is very new to us. The most eye-opening experience is on how easy and convenient it is to mass rear the beneficial insects and nematodes.  This does not only apply to the techniques, but also the equipment which are low-tech and easily available and cost-effective,” said Ms. Amaniah Besar, a Plant Entomologist from Brunei Darussalam.

The training consisted of lectures and hands-on practices on mass rearing of beneficial insects and entomopathogenic nematodes for controlling pests found mainly in coconut, cassava, maize and vegetables. Participants also had the chance to visit the National Biological Control Research Center (Central Regional Center) to learn more about their work on biological control agents.

The event was hosted by ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS) project in collaboration with Plant Protection Research and Development Office (PPRDO), Department of Agriculture, Thailand.

  • Regional Training Workshop on Mass Production of Beneficial Insects and Nematodes Download
  • Programme schedule Download

Read an interview with Ms. Amaniah Besar, a Plant Entomologist from Brunei Darussalam at Here

Story by Rojana Manowalailao, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems

Photos by Natasha Angsakulchai, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems

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