Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the overall guidance of the National Project Director and direct supervision of the Program Coordinator, the IPM consultant will perform the following tasks:
Conduct a survey of the existing pest control techniques used by the farmers in project area.
Conduct research on pesticides usage policies/practices in Balochistan, identify gaps/pitfalls in legislation and launch an advocacy campaign to halt the usage of pesticides, which are hazardous to environment/human health and no more effective against pests.
Develop pests/diseases monitoring protocols that are economically viable and socially acceptable by the farmersí community.
Release parasites/predators in the field on large scale to demonstrate the effectiveness of biological control methods against major pests.
Train farmers (500 to 1000), including women, and community activists in pestsí identification, determination of economic threshold levels of various pests, rearing of natural enemies and evaluation of the effectiveness of pest control techniques.
Prepare information on soil fertility and pest management for electronic media and make arrangements with the concerned program/Government authorities for its regular relay during the crop/pest season.
Provide technical backstopping to the line departments of the Government of Balochistan /NGOs in biological pest and soil nutrient management
Strengthen the capacity of DFDC and agricultural department in pest management.
Develop a manual of indigenous knowledge of pest management on local languages for the use of farmers.
Duration of IPM consultancy: 6 months