The fourth component of Ethio-Netherlands horticulture partnership project is IPM. IPM with main emphasis on an increased use of biological solutions to combat the challenges posed to horticulture sector by pests (Insect, mite and diseases caused by pathogens). Biological pest control is the main pillar of IPM wherein natural enemies of the pests are deployed to while
minimize the use of pesticides, yet keeping the pests population density below Economic Threshold Level (ETL).
The knowledge and practice of IPM is picking up rapidly in the horticulture industry in Ethiopia. For the industry this implies that existing IPM technologies need to be tested and registered rapidly (to make them available to all companies), linkage with latest developments with regard to IPM must be ensured, while also new IPM technologies can be developed within the country.
In order to make pest management issue in the sector more viable and sustainable, IPM component of Ethio-Netherlands horticulture partnership project address the following activities:
- Identification and testing of endemic biological agents
- Adoption and registration of existing IPM technologies
- upport national horticulture sector IPM Technical committee
- Involve in IPM policy frame work development and capacity building