CapacityBuildingof National Rural Support Program (NRSP) by Developing Training Modules of IntegratedPestManagement (IPM) of Apple Woolly Aphid
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The projects’ main objectives comprised of Training of NRSP nominated staff in the field of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with focus on IPM of apple Woolly aphid, exact identification of the target pest problem, raise awareness among the farming communities for minimizing use of hazardous insecticides and apply alternate environmental friendly methods, motivation and skill enhancement of communities through environment friendly interventions, design and prepare IPM Training Modules the objective of capacity building, and later the developed modules to be applied for wider implementation of IPM in the problem areas.
Benefits Achieved by the Participants:
18 Master Trainers from the NRSP Community Organizations were trained in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and biological control and their skills in crop protection were enhanced.
A total of 10 IPM brochures in the form of mini training modules for education and training of NRSP staff and the Master Trainers were published and distributed among the members of community organizations of NRSP, ECI and small scale CBOs and NGOs being supported by UNDP/GEF – Small Scale Program in Pakistan as well as outside the country.
The information material and pictures of activities related to IPM, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and organic farming was placed at the internet link http://www.eci-networks.org/eci_murre.htm for future guidance of the farming communities.
The Master Trainers were enabled and fully trained in dissemination of information within and outside their community organizations. As a result, the education of Community IPM became a part of their monthly meetings.
As a result of publicity of the program and on the request of NRSP Rawalakot and NRSP Hyderabad, similar short courses on TOTs were also designed and conducted for their respective communities in Rawalakot andHyderabadregions.
The project has been very instrumental in resource mobilization. Looking at the program benefits, NRSP Murree also contributed in financial terms by donating apple plants to the Master Trainers in addition to the plants provided by the UNDP/GEF sponsored project. This led to increase the size of house orchards from 20 to 50 per orchard. Similarly the project has also become a mainstream program in assisting the other small scale partner organizations of UNDP / GEF including Hirrak Development Center (HDC) Kot Addu in supply and application of pheromone traps for management of cotton pests; Soan Valley Development Project (SVDP) in their efforts for development of vegetable IPM initiatives and Pothohar Welfare Society (PWS) Gujar Khan for Community Development Project in their area.
In addition to IPM initiatives, the project has helped ECI strengthen its professional networking with a large number of organizations inPakistanopening a gateway for development of additional projects.
Promoting ecological conservation through participatory development by the active involvement of community at grassroots level.