The primary purpose of this regional project is to improve the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises in the targeted countries and regions by delivering regular information and early warning against potential damage caused by this insect pest. Setting up or improve an existing mechanism for insect identification, monitoring, and assessing potential risks. Capacity building of the involved sector staff to mitigate resilience measures to the Country Programming Frameworks of all FAO-NENA member states.
In West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS), several activities have been achieved, started with: Regular field visits to several governorates to detect infection of FAM in corn fields. Thus determine the infection rate in exiting fields, and it ranged from low to intermediate.
Within the activities of this project, the General Department of Plant Protection and Quarantine, in the Department of Pest Control at the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), held this workshop to discuss the national plan to confront the fall armyworm in Palestine. In cooperation with the Plant Protection and Production societies (PPPPS) and the Scientific Forum for Conservation Nature (ECOPAL_Forum) at the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology (PALAST).
Dr. Rana Samara, an associate professor at Palestine Technical University-Kadoorie and the Project National consultant in the West Bank, presented the Fall Armyworm characteristics, life cycle, dispersal, and method used for the integrated management.
Eng. Imad Eid from the General Department of Agricultural Prevention and Quarantine and the Pest Control Department and the project's national coordinator also presented the proposed action plan of the MoA in Palestine to control and manage the fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda through the regional project.
The workshop included interventions and inquiries from the face-to-face and virtual attendees.
The workshop ended with several recommendations in support of the project, including:
- Activating the role of local natural enemies and establishing a center for mass production.
- Encouraging farmers to use biopesticides and plant natural extracts as an alternative to traditional chemical insecticides.
- Training and capacity building of crop advisors and MoA staff and improving the monitoring system for pest management methods.