Drought and Pest Management

Authored by: Yohannes Yihdego

Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498731003
eBook ISBN: 9781315226774
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Drought obviously favors pest attacks. A pest attack occurs under conditions of dry and warm weather. To diminish the drought impact on pest attacks, the application of seed chemical treatment for soil pests is employed and the application of modern crop technologies for other pests. By correct warning and chemical application under best conditions, the crop is protected against pest attack. To protect the yield against pest attack, the crop state and pest density need to be assessed. Taking into consideration the elements that characterize the host plant-pest, specific chemical treatments need to be rapidly implemented on all damaged areas. The decision to apply chemicals on certain areas has been difficult due to a reduced yield level, and the treatment cost may be too high compared with the expected income. Treatment will depend on the species and the position of the nest. Efforts have been made by countries’ governments to further the work of feral animal and pest management projects in drought-affected areas. The funding has given a boost to local delivery organizations whose work helps to manage the impact predators have on grazing animals during drought. During drought, pest and feral animals add further pressure to pastures and groundcover at a time when feed is critical for livestock. Drought Pest Management brings many years of combined experience and knowledge to provide reliable and thorough assessments and eradication of any pest infestations. The Transitional Farm Family Payment assists farm families who are experiencing financial difficulty in managing the impacts of climate variability and market fluctuations regardless of location. The pilot can test a range of alternate drought reform measures that are developed in response to the review of drought policy.

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