Let's manage rats through community trap barrier system  [2004]

Gergon, E. B.,Philippine Rice Research Inst., Science City of Muñoz, 3119, Nueva Ecija (Philippines) Joshie, R. C. Desamero, N. V. Cayong, A. et al.

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Rats ranked first among the three major rice production constraints in the Ifugao Rice Terraces. Farmers of Banaue and Hungduan municipalities in Ifugao reported yield losses ranging from 38% to 75% in 2001-2002 WS. Stability of the trap barrier system (TBS) plus trap crop in terraced landscape was studied in both municipalities. Three TBS each were established per site. Application of TBS at community level or TBS (C-TBS) was also undertaken as a part of massive rat campaign in collaboration with the local government units. Methods of C-TBS establishment, its advantages over conventional chemical methods of managing rat populations, and the responsibilities of farmer-colaborators were taught during farmers' meetings. Currently, one farmer-managed C-TBS each have been set-up in Poblacion and Hapao, Hundugan and one in Bocos, Banaue. The number of rats trapped, their morphometrics, and identification were recorded. Around 287 rats have been trapped using C-TBS and supplemental trapping methods. More rats, however, have been collected in Hundugan than in Banaue owing to two rice croppings in the former. Majority of the rat pest species collected belonged to Ratties rattus and Mus musculus complex. Friendly rat known as chrotomys spp. that is purely carnivores (on earthworm and snails) rather than a hervibore, has also been caught in Banaue. The impact of CTBS is currently being done through a farmer's survey in the area.

Other subjects

  • agricultores
  • rat
  • espece
  • especies
  • control de plagas
  • riziere
  • rata
  • agriculteur
  • farmers
  • arrozales
  • filipinas
  • traps
  • rice fields
  • piege
  • species
  • rats
  • crop losses
  • pest control
  • philippines
  • perte de recolte
  • perdidas de la cosecha
  • lutte antiravageur
  • trampas

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Philippine Journal of Crop Science (Philippines)

ISSN : 0115-463X