The National IPM Programme was established in 1993 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries. The overall goal is to improve food security and safety through the promotion of Integrated Pest and Crop Management skills at the farm level. IPM enables farmers to grow healthy crops considering production sustainability and socio-economic effectiveness, while safeguarding human health and protecting the natural environment.
The National IPM Programme is positioned within the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) and the General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA) is responsible for its implementation. The National Programme is currently operating in 18 major agricultural production provinces plus Phnom Penh municipality. The implementation of the Programme has been in close co-operation and collaboration with other concerned ministries, provincial departments of agriculture, local and international organizations and research institutions at all levels.
The USAID IPM Collaborative Research Support Program has provided financial support to the National IPM Program since 2010 for implementing a “Strategy for Controlling Soil Borne Diseases in Crucifers, Tomato and Chili Production” in order to accomplishing the following project objectives:
- To identify key pests on crucifer, tomato and chilli production in Kandal, Siem Reap and Kampong Cham provinces.
- To develop safe methods for controlling pests, especially soil borne diseases and bacterial wilt, at the Kbal Koh Vegetable Station.
- To demonstrate effective and suitable methods to control pests especially soil borne diseases in crucifers, tomato and chili production.
- To build up capacity of IPM trainers on disease management.