Sex-pheromone trap used to grow poison-free vegetables
DUMURIA, KHULNA, Aug 14: Sex pheromone traps are being used to produce poison-free vegetables in Atlia Union under Dumuria Upazila of the district.
It has ushered in a new horizon in the production of poison-free vegetables. Through this method, vegetable farmers are becoming successful in avoiding the use of chemical pesticides in their lands.
Vegetables are essential ingredients in people's daily diet. To protect human health, the production of poison-free vegetables is very important.
Dumuria Upazila Agriculture Department has always advised farmers to produce poison-free vegetables. Local farmers are becoming successful in farming vegetables through this method.
Farmer Sureshwar Mollick of Gobindkati Village under Boratia block of the union has cultivated native variety eggplants on his 50 decimal lands.
Sources said the use of organic fertilisers and sex pheromone traps instead of chemical fertilisers and pesticides has started a new horizon in cultivating poison-free vegetables.
As per the sex pheromone method, the hormone scented powder of female insects is spread on the upper part of the trap, and the male insects die in the trap which contains water mixed with detergent. As a result, the spread of insect is checked. The method requires less application of chemical poison.
Upazila Agriculture Officer Md Mosaddek Hossain said the use of sex pheromone traps is very important in producing poison-free vegetables. Besides, farmer Sureshwar has now become a successful farmer by using the method. He was honored with the Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award in 2016 for his special contribution to agriculture.