Hamabia” - Intercrop Integrated Pest Management in the Jordan Valley
Mar 6, 2019
The “Hamabia” Project was created in 1994, to implement a multicrop integrated pest management in the Gilboa and Beit Shean Valleys. The project works in an area of 15,000 hectares that includes field crops, vegetables, winter and summer spices, greenhouses and orchards. Together with the Ministry of the Environment, the Division of Agro-Ecology and the help of the Government of the USA, contacts were made with The Kingdom of Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. The main objectives of “Hamabia” are effectively control common pests in the Jordan Valley while minimizing the use of toxic pesticides and encouraging the use of environmentally friendly alternatives through co-operation among agriculturists in Israel, Jordan and Palestine. This would be achieved through the implementation of the “pesticide usage policy” (window policy) which takes into account the different kinds of crops and pests that appears and establishes a careful step by step alternate pre-programmed usage policy for the different groups of products. Local pest scouts receive instruction and guidance so that a local pest control system can be implemented. This system would be under the control and guidance of regional supervisors and supported by a research and training organization. There would be- constant follow-up of changes in the resistance of key-pest as they occur, through a specific resistance monitoring laboratory. Changes in population levels would be monitored throughout the year by monitoring stations. Co-operation would be established among the different regional authorities to accomplish a more effective pest control policy over the pests that are common to the regions and to create a relationship of trust and understanding among all agriculturists involved. In this frame, a special course of Palestinian pest scouts was organized in the region in February 1998.