IRRI calls for a ban on insecticides in rice production

To prevent devastating insect pest outbreaks in rice that cause millions of dollars of damage, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has called for a ban on certain insecticides in rice production as part of its new Action plan to reduce planthopper damage to rice crops in Asia.

At a conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, (Threats of Insecticide Misuse in Rice Ecosystems – Exploring Options for Mitigation), held on 16 December 2011, IRRI brought together leaders in the rice industry to advance towards a “greener game plan” to manage brown planthoppers, which are one of a rice farmer’s wor

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