Pilot Production of Grafted Eggplant at Intensive Growing Areas (Jessore and Sripur) and Training of Farmers
M. A. Rashid, Shabuddin Ahmad, Ataur Rahman (BARI), Bahauddin Ahmed (IPM CRSP/Virginia Tech), G. Luther (Virginia Tech)
Bacterial wilt is a widespread serious disease of eggplant in Bangladesh. In absence of any practical control methods, farmers use pesticides indiscriminately without any successful control of the disease. Grafting of cultivated eggplant varieties on BW-resistant eggplant rootstocks has been developed as a profitable alternative for production of healthy, pesticide-free eggplants. This project seeks to demonstrate and popularize eggplant tomato grafting through pilot production and disseminate eggplant grafting technology through training of farmers and nurserymen.
1. To demonstrate and popularize eggplant and tomato grafting technology through pilot production; and 2. To disseminate eggplant grafting technology through training of farmers and nurserymen
Excellent performance of eggplant grafts in respect of minimum plant mortality from bacterial disease, excellent establishment of the crops, high yields and increased economic returns have created a deep impact upon the farmers for adopting this technology in larger areas. Farmer training has enhanced farmers' knowledge about vegetable IPM practices for producing healthy and profitable vegetables.