BAGUIO CITY: The Department of Agriculture- Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) through its program Integrated Pest Management (IPM) launched “Bantay Peste” that aims to preventing pest damage and reduce its impact on farming.
DA regional executive director Marilyn Sta. Catalina said the project is a pest and disease surveillance where there should be regular monitoring on the population dynamics of pests so that farmers will be advised on the proper action to be undertaken.
Sta. Catalina said 20 farmers under the Bantay Peste Volunteer Brigade Field School will monitor their respective areas and record their observations in a data checklist form which will be evaluated by agricultural technicians.
The data gathered will be processed and assessed in order to make the necessary measures to address the problem.
“That is why our partner, the local government units [LGUs], play an important role in preparing regular and timely reports which indicate the presence or absence of pest. The LGU will prepare regular monthly reports on evolving pest and disease situation,” she said.
To systematize reporting, the DA will standardize presentation of pest and surveillance monthly reports. Color coding schemes will be used to indicate status of pest and disease in the field.
Yellow indicates that the pest or disease monitored should be closely observed, and that there is a warning. Green is for pest or disease which is negligible or does not have major effect in the crop. Red means outbreak of pest or disease.