Regular crushing of egg masses and larval population of #fallarmyworm in maize field are useful for smallholding farmers?
Cultural method of pest management integrates a number of local and agro-ecological practices to reduce the pest populations. Manual destruction of egg masses and larval population, fertilizers and irrigation management to make a healthy plant, field sanitation, use of resistant varieties, adjustment in planting time etc. are some examples of cultural practices. In case of #fallarmyworm management, regular maize field visit and encouraging farmers to crush the egg masses as well as handpicking of different stages of the larva is the first step of FAW management in smallholding farmers. However, this method will not be feasible and practical in a large commercial field since it needs a large number of human labour. Hence, egg crushing and caterpillars picking should only be promoted as a last resort in the event of FAW outbreak. Please share your ideas and experiences that are using in your locality and community and how effective are these practices?