The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), in collaboration with the Bio-Control Research Laboratory (BCRL), Bangalore, India, the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nation’s (FAO) Regional IPM Programme and associated National IPM Programme in Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, has been awarded a regional Mekong river basin project “Area-wide Fruit Fly Integrated Pest Management in South and Southeast Asia” supported by the Global Horticulture Initiative (GHI). The project is intended to test, promote and socialize among smallholder farmers a range of novel IPM options for fruit fly management within the context of ongoing IPM farmer training and action research programmes in the Mekong river basin countries.
The inception workshop culminated the planned inception and planning period (May-August 2010) and set the direction for project implementation. Attendees (over 45 persons) were the participants nominated by the respective ministries from the project implementation countries. In addition, upon request, Myanmar also attended this inception workshop to share and learn from this regional initiative. Further, a number of resource persons from various institutions engaged in the past and present fruit fly management efforts in Asia i.e. the AICAR, Australia, University of Hawaii, CABI-SE Asia and representative from the partners along with staff, faculties and students of the AIT also attended this workshop.