BBTV Control-Prevention Workshop
UHCTAHR Molokai Extension News Release
Learn about Integrated Pest Management Benefits, and diagnosis, control and prevention of Banana Bunchy Top Virus, also known as BBTV. A workshop will be hosted by the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Molokai Cooperative Extension Service. The workshop, Benefits of IPM Practices and Sustainable Strategies for Banana Bunchy Top Virus Control-Prevention, will be held at the UH Molokai Extension Farm at 652 Huaai Road (just past Kumu Farms) on Monday, Sept. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Integrated Pest Management or IPM, is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM takes into account the pest life-cycle and its activity within the surrounding environment. When a pest has met an economic threshold, meaning the damage the pest is causing to the crop will outweigh the cost of treatment, action is then taken. Action can include something as simple as pulling hornworms off a tomato plant to spraying aphids with insecticidal soap, or eventually require chemical control. The Label is the Law! and must be followed at all times. Within an IPM system, all control measure possible are taken before chemicals, whether conventional or organic, are used.
When it comes to Banana Bunchy Top Virus, IPM provides several options, but once you have the virus in your bananas the final measure is usually removal of the trees and mat. By joining us for this workshop, you will learn the IPM practices and sustainable strategies for controlling and preventing BBTV. At this time, east end Molokai is one of only a few places in the state where BBTV has not been found. Come learn how we can keep it this way!
The guest speaker will be Dr. Amjad Ahmad, Extension Agent for Oahu. The class is limited to 25 in-person participants so registration is required. Please register online at forms.gle/cy1JURoSxp3UgTKb7. If registration goes over 25, a Zoom link may be added. This workshop is open to everyone without regard to race, age, sex, color or disability. Educational activities are accessible for individual with disabilities. For more information or to request auxiliary aid or service (e.g., sign language, interpreter, designated parking, or material in alternative format), contact Jennifer Hawkins at email@example.com seven days before the activity/event.
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