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Pest-related crop damage is a constant threat to farmers worldwide. Addressing an infestation with pesticides is often costly for small-scale farmers and can have a negative impact on both human health and the environment.
Integrated pest management (IPM) is a technique using common-sense practices to reduce pest infestation and the use of farm chemicals. Basic technologies like sticky traps can help identify and eliminate destructive insects. Additionally, by incorporating natural barriers made of maize or interspersing onions or garlic with regular crops, farmers can limit pest damage while earning additional income. IPM also incorporates the use of low-cost and environmentally-friendly pesticides.
This comprehensive approach to pest management ensures farmers harvest maximum yields and quantities, improving their incomes while contributing to a sustainable and healthy agriculture sector.