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Improving the implementation of integrated crop management in Brassica vegetables through a decision support toolkit based on end-user needs in China and Australia

Overview of Project

This project wasd commissioned by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Australia.

The project was aimed at identifying key constraints ICM implementation amongst decision-makers, and clarify where information can address these constraints (in both China and Australia). With the end goal being formulating Research and extension activities which build on the principles of good integrated pest management (IPM) . To further the brassica industry (in Australia and China) use of biological and cultural pest management integrated with chemical control. The reduction in synthetic pesticide use has meant that alternative pest management practices are feasible, as natural enemies of the brassica pests are able to survive in the crop environment. At the time of the project Brassica vegetables accounted for 50 per cent of total vegetable production and consumption in China.

This project sought to convince farmers of the merits of adopting the more sustainable practices of ICM, and using them well."

Key Outcomes of Project

The key outputs of the project were toolkit prototypes in Mandarin and English, designed to meet the respective information needs of the Chinese and Australian brassica industry members in addressing integrated crop management constraints. In China, the toolkit consists of CD based decision-support tools and training multimedia system plus a paper-based field guide to integrated management of vegetable brassicas. One thousand copies of the field guide were distributed to farmers from the 10 major vegetable production areas in Zhejiang. In each locality, 60-70 farmers attended a half day training activity. A further 200 copies were sent to extension officers in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, Fujian, Yunnan, Guangdong, Hunan, Hubei, Sichuan and Chongqing, and to the National Extension and Service Centre in Beijing. In Australia, the English toolkit prototype is presented on a CD which contains tools to correctly diagnose and evaluate problems in brassica vegetable crops. Practical implications of the project were highlighted from the needs analyses

Project Dates

01 Jul 2003 - 31 Dec 2005

Partners

University of Queensland - Centre for Biological Information Technology - Australia
Zhejiang University - Department of Plant Protection - China
Zhejiang Department of Agriculture - Zhejiang General Plant Protection Station - China

Leaders

Ms Bronwyn Walsh

Email

Bronwyn.Walsh@dpi.qld.gov.au

Phone

(07) 5466 2222

Website
Launch Website