First crop diseases control lab inaugurated
KABUL (Pajhwok): A laboratory, the first of its kind, to control harmful agricultural crops’ diseases was inaugurated in the capital Kabul on Wednesday.
Agriculture and Livestock Minister Asadullah Zameer, who inaugurated the laboratory, called the development very important in biologically controlling harmful plant diseases.
He said it was the first equipped laboratory on the national level to help promote the raising of three kind of beneficial insects and preventing 120 kinds of harmful insects.
Zameer said the laboratory would also control soil diseases and produce a kind of pesticide to protect the roots of plants against diseases.
Calling insects in gardens and farms a big challenge, the minister hoped the new laboratory would not only support beneficial insects, but it would also help prevent the use of different kinds of pesticides and protect the environment.
Zameer said the laboratory would also facilitate combating harmful insects and train farmers to understand different diseases and their prevention.
He said spraying pesticides in the past also damaged beneficial insects and as well as the environment.
The laboratory worth $150 million has been donated by CABI, an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment, he said.
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