The Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM) course has welcomed 12 new students during an opening ceremony in Delémont, the capital of the Swiss Canton of Jura, taking the total number of students who have enrolled on the course since 2015 to 63.
After rice, maize is the most important crop in the Mekong Delta. Insects including the Asian corn borer are a major threat to production. Fear of crop losses, together with a lack of alternative measures, can result in overuse of pesticides – posing health risks to farmers, consumers and the agro-ecosystem. This project will establish local production of an affordable biological control agent, the parasitic wasp trichogramma, which kills the eggs of maize pests.