So what's the problem?
Plant diseases are major threats to crop production and food security. Brunei's government has prioritized plant disease management in order to increase crop production and reduce losses. The goal of the project is adoption of technologies to manage plant diseases caused by fungi and bacteria. This will enable production of sustainable, safe and high quality crop yields which will eventually increase rural incomes and food security.
What is this project doing?
In order to manage diseases properly, it is first necessary to assess what the main problems are. This project will assess the status of diseases caused by bacteria and fungi on crops and ornamental plants in Brunei Darussalam, by carrying out a survey, listing diseases present, and mapping disease distributions.
Capacity building activities will be carried out in the Department of Agriculture of Brunei for plant pathology research and disease identification. Methods of managing diseases both in crop production and postharvest will be developed and implemented, and phytosanitary measures introduced to promote and protect agricultural trade. Other activities will include training on bacterial and fungal diseases and their management, and upgrading of a plant disease database.
Results so far
Project activities started in August 2010, and are currently ongoing.
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