Written by Staff Writer
25 Jan, 2019 | 9:37 pm
Colombo (News1st): Steps that should be taken to control the spread of the Sena caterpillar were discussed at a media briefing convened by the agricultural faculty of the Peradeniya University.
Dr. Gamini Hitinayake of the Peradeniya University noted that in Africa, they rushed took immediate steps to curb the spread of this pest by using pesticides. He noted that then the World health organization said that because of this rush the favourable insects in the soil were also destroyed, and added that there were issues to the food and health of the people as well. Therefore, he noted we must look into how we can provide concessions to the people who suffered losses due to this. In the meantime, he noted that the farmers in Sri Lanka must be careful of the steps that they take.
Dr. Palitha Weerakkody of the Peradeniya University said they must especially look into where the institutions are and where the farmers are. He is of the opinion that if they are looking towards a long term programme the farmers should be brought closer to the institutions so that they can present their ideas on the matter. Dr. Weerakkody added that them in their research and studies conducted at the laboratories will contribute to the overall scientific development of the agricultural sector of the country.
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