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Notes to broadcasters on coffee pest management:

The discovery of the role of Karnyothrips flavipes in managing the coffee berry beetle is potentially exciting for coffee farmers in Kenya and beyond. This development was discovered by scientists. However, innovative methods of managing pests are discovered by farmers all the time.

Perhaps you’d like to host a phone-in/text-in show inviting farmers to share their innovative methods for managing pests. Questions to ask farmers include:

-What pest did they target and how much damage was it causing?
-Have they tried other techniques in the past, and if so, how is the new technique better (cheaper, more effective, etc)?
-How did they come up with the pest management idea or hear about the new technique?
-What tests did they conduct to determine that the technique would work in their field, for their crop?
-What is the cost of using the pest management technique?
-To what degree has the technique reduced pest damage?
-Describe in detail how to make/use the technique, including where to get the materials.

For links to Farm Radio International’s scripts on pest management, go to:

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