Farmer-to-Farmer Plantain IPM
ncba-clusa
El Carmen, Ecuador
hace 5 días

Job Description

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking 2 (1- remote US volunteer and 1- volunteer based in Ecuador) qualified Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer candidates for the position of Integrated Pest Management Specialist to support Asociación de Exportadores de Plátano del Ecuador - ASOEXPLA based in Manabí, Ecuador .

ASOCIACION EXPORTADORES DE PLATANO - ASOEXPLA, is a non-profit organization, established in 2015. It was created to represent the plantain export sector of Ecuador, in order to pursue the common good of the associates.

It represents 80% of the sector nationwide and the largest plantain production is concentrated in the Canton El Carmen, located northeast of the Province of Manabí.

The association members have several problems in terms of crop management and implementation of agricultural practices including Integrated Pest Management.

They would like to improve their production and enhance their current practices using environmentally and socially responsible methods.

Common pest and diseases are Moko bacterium (Ralstonia Solanacearum, Race II that attacks the vascular system of plantain and banana plants,) and Black Sigatoka (caused by the fungus Mycosphaerella fijiensis).

Duration : 2 weeks May- December 2021

ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY :

  • Analyze the association's current techniques and methods for pest and disease management and provide constructive feedback about improvement opportunities.
  • Develop comprehensive training on integrated crop management and its importance for plantain production
  • Teach participants how to create a simple but effective management plan for integrated crop management in plantain production.
  • Develop a brief manual (heavy graphics) along with ASOEXPLA members that can be later distributed to farmers.
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