CARDI (Jamaica); Penn State University, Ohio State University (US)
D. Clarke-Harris (Jamaica), S. J. Fleischer (US)
- Key components have been identified to form the framework of an IPM model for the management of major pests on callaloo. An identification guide for enhancing diagnostic capabilities of extension agents and farmers was published for distribution and use in education programs. - Initial results from the use of exclusion as an alternative pest management procedure was promising, insect damaged rejects from covered plots being only 14.3% compared to 53.8% in uncovered plots. - Efforts to improve and standardize post-harvest treatment of callaloo have so far resulted in the design of a callaloo washer basket which should reduce mechanical damage to leaves during washing and increase the efficiency of the manipulation of each wash load.