Regional Training on Biological Control Chonburi and Bangkok, Thailand 7-16 November 2014

Regional Training on Biological Control Chonburi and Bangkok, Thailand 7-16 November 2014

At the request of the Government of the Philippines, a Regional Training on Biological Control was held in Chonburi and Bangkok,Thailand from 7-16 November 2014. The training was co-organized by the Division of Plant Protection, Soil and Fertilizer Management, Thailand Department of Agriculture Extension and the FAO Regional IPM/Pesticide Risk Reduction Programme. Fifteen partcicipants (7 women), all senior government crop protection/IPM experts from all regions of the Philippines participated in this training.

Thailand plays an important role in strengthening biological control (BC) programmes elsewhere in the Asia Region given its long-standing expertise in the development, application and utilization of BC options in agriculture. The overall objective of the training was to provide participants with information, education and training on the principles and tools for BC in order to assist them in the development of national strategies for sustainable development of local BC programmes.

Participants reviewed concepts and principles of biological control, shared experiences and discussed opportunities and challenges for quality production and sustainable utilization of biological control agents, and identified best options for ensuring better access and utilization of biological control options by IPM farmers.

Experiences and knowledge gained from the training would be used to develop the Philippines' crop protection roadmap and re-design its biological control programmes.