Tegucigalpa, Februrary 4, 2008.- By introducing three natural enemies for plague control in horticultural crops, the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras and Zamorano School of Agriculture are executing the project “Biological Control” in an effort to improve productivity and income for small and medium scale Honduran farmers, by introducing three natural enemies to act as plague control in horticultural crops.
The Biological Control Project is being implemented as part of the agreement singed between MCA-Honduras Agricultural Grant Fund and Zamorano Pan/American Agricultural School to execute a donation of 680 thousand dollars.
The goal of the project is to reduce in two year the use of chemicals on the part of 300 farmers, and to increase the number of beneficiaries to more than 3,000 in 15 years.
The project is in the research stage that includes the plagues selections and the biological control alternatives, and that will lead to the construction of the necessary infrastructure to massively reproduce the natural enemies.
The Grant Agreement was singed by Martin Ochoa, MCA-Honduras General Director, and by Dr. Kenneth L. Hoadley, President of Zamorano Pan/American Agricultural School.