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Push-Pull for Stem Borer management in Maize

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Push-Pull for Stem Borer management in Maize

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Amer Fayad

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Stage 5: Scaling

Focus Areas:

Agriculture

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Implemented In:

Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia

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Problem

The Stem borer causes economic damage to maize.

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Solution

Push-Pull manages stem borers in maize fields by planting Desmodium sp (Fabaceae) inside the field and Brachiaria sp. (Poaceae) outside the field. Desmodium sp. repels the stem borer moths and Brachiaria sp. attracts them. Eggs laid on Brachiaria hatch but the caterpillars do not feed and develop on this plant.

Target Beneficiaries

Smallholder farmers

Innovation Description

For the Push-Pull technique to control stem borer in maize, Desmodium sp (Fabaceae) is planted inside the field and Brachiaria sp. (Poaceae) is planted outside the field. Desmodium sp. repels stem borer moths and Brachiaria sp. attracts them. Eggs laid on Brachiaria hatch but the caterpillars do not feed and develop on this plant.

Competitive Advantage

This innovation is environmentally safe in addition to managing the stem borers. It also provides extra fodder for livestock.

Milestones

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Ethiopia
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Kenya
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New Country Implemented In
Tanzania

Supporting Materials

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