Case StudySafbin

To promote Local Food And Nutritional Security through Adaptive Small scale
Farming in four rainfed AES in South Asia in the context of climate change

  • Naphtalene as alternative pesticide against rice insects

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  • 22/04/2012

Kumroil is a SAF-BIN project villate in Natore district, Bangladesh. 80% of the villagers depend on agriculture. The main food crops of this village are rice, wheat, mung bean, eggplant, and green chilly. The threats and vulnerabilities of the agricultural production are increasing due to climate change.During the participatory rural appraisal conducted un the initial stage of SAF-BIN project, information on the local climate change and food security context revealed, that  the main local problem is the increase of diseases and insects that damage crops due to the more and more erratic rainfall and increasing temperatures. The villagers stated that to overcome this problem they mainly depend on chemical fertilizer and pesticide dealers. To manage and control insects they use different types of chemicals which increases their production cost .

During a screening workshop conducted on April 19, 2012 best practices and local innovation were investigates.  During this workshop one of the villagers, Md. Rafiquel Islam (55), reported that he is using his own innovation to protect his paddy field from the rice steam borer. Md. Isalm uses naphthalene as insecticide. He plants jute sticks into the ground around 20-25 days after transplanting and puts naphthalene balls on to of these sticks. He uses 5-8 stick in 33 decimal of land. Besides that he broadcasts naphthalene during first urea top dressing. Upon observing the result of this technology around 40% of the farmers of this village are using the same technology.  During the workshop the villagers stated that they have realized better result compared to other insecticides. Now the farmers are trying to expand this technology on other crops. The farmers expect that they will get better result using this technology.


Authorship: Caritas Bangladesh

Editing: Romana Roschinsky (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)