Research Collaboration on Coffee Pests in Nepal

February 13, 2015 − by Lab − in News − No Comments

Dr. Rodrigues was USAID grantee to attend a volunteer assignment in Nepal providing technical expertise for pest management in coffee. Coffee is a growing cash crop for farmers in Nepal and has been growing in altitude superior to 800meters. The host institution was the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC). He had the opportunity to visited coffee farms in 5 diferrent distrists and visited NARC research stations facilities in Gulmi, Malepatan, Pokhara and Kathmandu. During that period working synergistically with the NARC staff, local University Professors and farmers we were able to increase knowledge of the invasive species of Coffee, especially Coffee White Stem Borer (CWSB), evaluated management practices; Strengthen the capacity of scientists in research on CWSB Management in a 5-days hands-on training between Sep 17th to 22nd; Develop and provide guidelines for applied research methodology(ies) of CWSB in coffee plants in Nepal. On the top of that we (1) developed and tested survey protocol to conduct CWSB survey for Nepal conditions; (2) developed an empirical diagrammatic scale to access the damage associated to the pest infestation (based on the entire coffee tree); (3) prepared and initial evaluation of the pest damage and losses associated to CWSB in visited crops; and, (4) develop short, medium and long term coffee promotion strategies focusing in CWSB management. The outstanding hospitality from Nepal farmers and productive collaboration with NARC was very much appreciated.

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Lumle – Regional Agricultural Research Station, Nepal.

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Coffee nursery at Agricultural Research Station, Nepal.

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Symptoms of coffee white stem borer (CWSB) in coffee, Nepal.

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Adult of coffee white stem borer (CWSB), Nepal.





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