BAR Launches Book on Pigeonpea Pests, Diseases

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MANILA, Philippines - A handbook that contains relevant information and significant findings on the common insect pests and diseases of pigeonpea in the Philippines is now off the press.The publication, "Handbook on the Identification and Control of Insect Pests and Diseases of Pigeonpea," is authored by Mariano Marcos State University-based researchers, Dr. Thelma Z. Layaoan, Mr. Odilon V. Caraan and Dr. Heraldo L. Layaoen.It was launched during the "6th National Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition and 23rd Anniversary Celebration" of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR).The handbook comprises three sections that provide significant information on pigeonpea, including its importance as a crop and its production, pests that attack and damage the crop and the common diseases that afflict it.It discusses specific characteristics of the pests and diseases and recommends important strategies or control measures to prevent, reduce, or suppress the damage caused by each disease and pest group.The publication aims to help not only local pigeonpea growers but also provide agriculture technicians and researchers the information to effectively determine pest problems that may occur and immediately reduce, if not totally suppress, them. …