CABI focuses research on biological pest control in Zambia

(NAIS) The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International – CABI – says it has introduced a new research module that will focus on biological control of plant pests and diseases in Zambia.

CABI Regional Director for Southern Africa, NOAH PHIRI says the introduction of biological control using friendly insects that feed on harmful insects such as the African Fall Armyworm will reduce the use of toxic pesticides that are harmful to the environment.

Dr. PHIRI says the biological control module has been added to the PLANTWISE activity where CABI in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academia has trained plant health experts to run plant health clinics across the country.

He says farmers with plant health problems are now able to have their plant problems diagnosed and treatment prescribed at the plant clinics.

Dr. PHIRI was speaking at CABI Headquarters in Lusaka where the organisation hosted an interaction meeting of youths and partners engaged in agriculture.

Meanwhile, CABI Africa Youth Manager, DEOGRATIUS MAGERO has called on governments in Africa to create and open up opportunities in agriculture for youths to create employment and generate income.

Mr. MAGERO said there are a lot of opportunities in the agriculture sector, where youths can be involved in production, supply, processing, and provision of innovative support services.

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