FAO Holds Final Meeting of the Regional Technical Cooperation Project on Spread, Prevention and Management of Cassava Pink Mealybug in the Greater Mekong Subregion (TCP/RAS/3311) Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, 5-7 November 2013


A total of 31 participants (12 women) participated in the Final Meeting of the Regional Technical Cooperation Project on Spread, Prevention and Management of Cassava Pink Mealybug in the Greater Mekong Subregion (TCP/RAS/3311). The workshop, held in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam from 5-7 November 2013, was attended by representatives from Greater Mekong Subregion countries (Cambodia, China PR, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam), IPM experts and specialists, FAO technical staff and consultants and specialists from international organizations (AIT, CABI, CIAT and GIZ).

The most up-to-date problem situation in the countries were presented. Recommendations for follow up action to the TCP were identified both for countries where the pink cassava mealybug (PCM) is present and absent. Discussions included national as well as regional/international efforts to upscale pest-spread prevention strategies and biological control options to manage this invasive pest species in GMS countries. Thailand will continue to play an important role in providing technical support for introducing A. lopeziparasitoids into partner countries where the parasitoid is absent. The FAO Asia Regional IPM/Pesticide Risk Reduction Programme and other international organizations, such as CIAT and GIZ, committed to support farmer training programmes to promote biocontrol and IPM of PCM among the smallholder cassava farmers in the Greater Mekong Subregion and beyond.