FAO builds the capacity of date palm farmers on integrated management of red palm weevil
Jordan’s date palm plantation sector is facing multiple challenges, the most critical of them being the spread red palm weevil (RPW), a dangerous and destructive pest that kills trees or sapping them.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Jordan has launched on Wednesday the first of a series of training workshops on integrated management of the red palm weevil for date palm farmers in Jordan.
The workshop, held on Wednesday, the 12th of August, in Southern Shouneh, is part of the technical cooperation project between FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) entitled “Support to the assessment and control of red palm weevil in Jordan”, aiming to enhance the contribution of date palm production to the economic growth and improved livelihoods of its producers and traders.
The workshop was implemented with the facilitation of trained employees from the Ministry of Agriculture, and it focused on sharing information on: the integrated management of the Indian red palm weevil, the collaboration between the MoA and the farmers to control the red palm weevil infections, and advanced techniques to detecting and controlling the infestation at farm level. The information exchange was enhanced by the distribution of smart Ferrolure and smart dispensing items to the training staff, to be used during the workshop.
Building on the results of this first encounter, a series of similar workshops will be held in the coming weeks in Nouthern Shouneh, Deir Alla and Azraq.
Jordan’s date palm plantation sector is facing multiple challenges, the most critical of them being the spread red palm weevil (RPW), a dangerous and destructive pest that kills trees or sapping them. Based on the reports from the Ministry of Agriculture, there has been increased incidences of RPW infections across the country, threatening the date palm sector. As date production is an important contributor to rural food security and livelihood maintenance, this issue warrants immediate attention.
This project falls within FAO’s regional initiatives of building resilience to food security and nutrition (RI-FSN) shocks across the Near East and North Africa.