B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports:
Farmers always worry about possible loss of their crops due to pests and crop diseases. It is one of the reasons they keep monitoring their fields to ensure all is going on well.
Fighting pests and crop diseases increases the farmers’ production costs and often reduces profits.
It usually requires physical effort – uprooting and burning infected plants, or spraying entire fields with expensive insecticides using hired labour despite health and environmental concerns about continual pest spraying of crops by farmers. Read more