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Notes to Broadcasters on push-pull pest control:

In this story, we learn how scientists discovered practical uses for chemicals called isoflavones that are naturally created by some plants. Through tests in Eastern Africa, scientists and farmers have learned to use these natural chemicals to assist with the age-old problem of pest damage.
-For visual illustrations of how the push-pull method works, please visit these websites:

-For more details and a full radio script about how the Desmodium legume and Napier weed can “push and pull” pests away from maize, please see our Script of the Week:

You may also wish to talk to farmers in your area about their experiences with alternative pest control methods:
-Have farmers in your area heard of or tried intercropping as a way to control weeds or unwanted insects? Have they tried the push-pull method of pest control?
-Have farmers in your area discovered other alternatives to commercial pesticides? Do they find the alternatives more or less effective in reducing pest damage and increasing yields?

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