Display name Ivan Rwomushana First name Ivan Last name Rwomushana firstname.lastname@example.org Role Scientist Country Kenya Organisation CAB International Area of Research Environmentally Safe Pesticides and Pesticide Risk Management Describe your research
An entomologist by training, my research focuses on the development of IPM options for the management of invasive insect species that constrain crop production in sub-Saharan Africa. I employ balanced basic and applied research to unravel the invasion biology and ecology of key invasive pests of agricultural crops in Africa, and using this knowledge towards the development of lower risk pest control options with a strong inclination towards biological solutions. My overall goal is to provide farmers with novel solutions that reduce the heavy reliance on chemical pesticides for crop protection.
ORCID iD 0000-0001-5840-8058 Google Scholar Link https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=K79aIfoAAAAJ&hl=en Member since June 18, 2020 Topics posted 2 Replies 2
About mating disruption, Provivi has gotten regulatory approval in Mexico of its Pherogen mating disruption dispenser for the control of fall armyworm. The company appears to have tested the product during the last 3 years with more than 150 farmers in Mexico. Similar registration trials have been undertaken in Kenya, although regulatory approval is not yet received. I have seen your email and can link you up with their Director for Corn Development in Kenya for further information on the Kenya results.
September 10, 2020
The cost of pesticides being marketed for fall armyworm seems to be equal or higher than biopesticides in some cases. Cheaper options appear to be not very effective, and those which seem effective tend to be highly hazardous and banned in many countries. Incidentally, some of the newer molecules tend to be more expensive than biopesticides. However, cost also depends on how you actually calculate costs, including side effects on humans and effects on beneficial insects and the environment. The ordinary farmer mostly sees the cost of the product, and we need to establish a way of factoring side effects into the purchasing decision to answer the question of the real cost vs benefits of biopesticide use more appropriately.
July 6, 2020
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