In response to the resistance problem of a widespread lepidopteran pest, farmers installed a small pilot trial with mating disruption in close collaboration with research agency and agronomists for close monitoring. Other farmers adopted the practice after confirming its efficacy in colleagues fields.
Technical result: : After successful pilot project, mating disruption was adopted area wide amongst farmer’s association
Economic result: Residue free, quality grapes enter market at higher price
Sustainability (ecological, social and economical) Gains:
Species specific pest control, respecting natural enemies
Reduction in reliance on chemical pesticides
Increased biodiversity enabling resilient vine cropping systems
Demonstrates good governance (preventative approach) and successful teamwork
Enables worker and consumer health and wellbeing
Promotes quality nutritious grape production
Circular approach reduces loss and waste
Supports farmers’ livelihood and value distribution
Improvement of financial viability
kindly provided by:
Luc Pellet (wine-grower), Patrik Kehrli (researcher, Agroscope) and Pierre-Joseph Charmillot (former researcher at Agroscope)
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