Onion Armyworm Program Review



The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) conducted the Second Program Review of the Comprehensive Research and Development on Integrated Pest Management of Onion Armyworm, Spodoptera exigua (Hubner) on 16 August 2018 at BAR.

Seven funded projects relating to onion armyworm’s early detection; damage and yield assessment; biological control, insecticide management, and resistance studies; efficacy of bio-pesticides and microbials; enhancing cultural management practices and safety assessment; as well as postharvest insect behavior were reviewed and evaluated by a panel led by Ms. Salve Ritual, head of the BAR-Program Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PMED), with Mr. Gamelzar Dean, who represented Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary for High Value Crops and Rural Credit, Ms. Evelyn G. Laviña; and Mr. Rodolfo Galang of BAR-PMED.

The general objective of the program is to develop integrated pest management options on onion armyworm.

The continuing progress review is in line with the instruction of DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol for BAR to look into the armyworm infestation of onions and to come up with R&D initiatives and deliverables in combating said infestation in the affected provinces. The knowledge generated and progressive variables identified in the review will facilitate the progress of the R&D projects in developing a common understanding of the prevention or reduction of the impact of the pest on onions.

The review was attended by project implementers from the National Crop Protection Center-University of the Philippines Los Baños (NCPC-UPLB) and the Central Luzon State University (CLSU). Also joining the activity was the BAR focal person for high-value crops development. The BAR-PMED spearheaded the review.###

Ms. Salve Ritual, head of BAR- Program Monitoring and Evaluation Division, leads the progress review.

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