Today Russell IPM is hosting a delegation of high-profile government officials including MD Mokbul Hossain MP Chairman, Standing Committee on Ministry of Agriculture, Ashraf Uddin Ahmed, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Bangladesh, policy makers, and a group of research scientists from Bangladesh. The visit is the result of Russell IPM’s ongoing partnership with the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI). It also marks the beginning of a long-term collaboration agreement between Russell IPM and the Bangladesh government that envisages the provision of training to local farmers and growers to use IPM based biorational technologies for crop management in agriculture. The local authorities will also make recommendations on biorational management of important pests by using Russell’s innovative fruit fly attract and kill system, insect repellents, beneficial insect attractant lures, and biological pesticides. A special interest was expressed in the use of Russell’s biorational systems comprising natural plant extract biofertilisers, microbial extract-based soil invigorator Recharge and other bio stimulants.
Dr Nayem Hassan, Director of Research, Russell IPM, had already presented to BARI various biorational insect pest control technologies developed by his team, many of which have already been tried and tested in Bangladesh. These tests have demonstrated very promising results in combating important insect pest and diseases that farmers in Bangladesh face. Dr Hassan’s presentation today was complemented by talks by other scientists from Russell IPM that covered additional the company’s crop-based solutions, smart technologies and real-time data generating smart traps systems.
Dr Syed Nurul Alam, Head of the Entomology Division at BARI provided an overview of insect pest problem in Bangladesh. It is estimated that between 30 -52% of fruit and vegetables available on the market are contaminated with residues from pesticides above the allowed doses. This leads to the bio-accumulation of toxins and poses a threat to the environment and a health issue for consumers. Therefore, BARI have selected Russell IPM as one of their partners for safe, natural and efficient biorational technologies, which will complement current practices aimed at reducing the use of pesticides in the county. To that end, Russell IPM will conduct a training programme led by Director of Research, Dr Nayem Hassan. The training will commence on 28th June to 5th July 2018, taking place at Russell IPM's premises in Deeside, United Kingdom.