After rice, maize is the most important crop in the Mekong Delta. Insects including the Asian corn borer are a major threat to production. Fear of crop losses, together with a lack of alternative measures, can result in overuse of pesticides – posing health risks to farmers, consumers and the agro-ecosystem. This project will establish local production of an affordable biological control agent, the parasitic wasp trichogramma, which kills the eggs of maize pests.
The Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM) course has welcomed another 12 international students for the 2019 academic year. An opening ceremony was held in Delémont, the capital of the Swiss Canton of Jura to mark the occasion.
Twelve international students celebrated the completion of the 2018 Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS in ICM) course at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.