Crop protection in Spanish nature reserve requires environmentally friendly and specific control method for lepidopteran pest
Technical result: Since 2006 the pest is fully controlled by mating disruption (over 16.000 ha,) avoiding the use of 58.000 L of synthetic insecticides each year used previously
Economic result: Use of mating disruption allows to continue a very important economic activity (such as the rice cultivation) in an area which has been declared a natural reserve ,additionally, important for tourism in the region
Sustainability (ecological, social and economical) Gains:
Elimination of pollution and reliance on chemical pesticides, in nature reserve area
Increased biodiversity enabling resilient rice cropping systems
Enables regenerative land use practices: combining agricultural production and nature reserve
Enables good animal welfare
Enables worker and consumer health and wellbeing
Promotes quality nutritious rice production
Demonstrates good governance
Supports farmers’ livelihood and value distribution
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