Front row from Left: Micheal David, Aloma Motamota, Mathew Kaisik, Eremas Tade & Alfred Kembu
Back row from Left: Don Kaku &
Kalangpain Samai

The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) Taskforce two-day development training copartner ship program between the Kokonas Indastri Koporesen and the South Pacific Community(SPC) was held on the 26th to the 27th of October. The ongoing project is funded by the New Zealand government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) that was held virtually via zoom, SPC Fiji as the Host coordinating the online program.

CRB is a leading Coconut pest affecting a majority of coconut palms throughout the Pacific region, the training enhanced field officers on the CRB Pheromone trapping protocols skills to curb and eliminate the CRB Beetle. Education on the latest use of technological software, pest management tools was introduced for data Analysis (Kobo Toolbox App) and field data collection (Kobo Collect App).

The Meeting was attended by Dr Eremas Tade the General Manager for Research Division, Mr Alfred Kembu, Manager Productivity Improvement and the research division plant protection senior staff from Stewart Research Station, Madang province.

Program Outline:

Day 1: Tuesday, 26th October 2021: INCURSION OF CRB-G IN THE PACIFIC REGION

1) Background to CRB incursion into the South Pacific

2) CRB Pheromone Trapping Protocols

3) Supplementary notes on CRB

Day 2: Wednesday, 27th October 2021: CRB DAMAGE MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL

1) CRB Damage Assessment Protocol

2) Kobo Toolbox Software and Use

3) Metarhizium (Fungus) preparation and Application

4) Post Training Evaluation

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