This Bulletin forms part of the Final Technical Report of a DFID-funded Project R7465 (D): “Implementation and Promotion of an Integrated Pest Management Strategy for the Control of Eggplant Fruit and Shoot Borer (Leucinodes orbonalis) in Indo- Gangetic Plains of South Asia.”
The present study, undertaken in West Bengal State of India, documented eggplant pest problems, farmers' pest management practices, patterns of input use, and economic returns in order to develop a baseline understanding of socioeconomic parameters that influence farmers' pest management practices in eggplant. West Bengal State is especially suitable for such a study because it is leading producer of eggplant, accounting for 28% of the country's production.
This study also evaluated the extent of the adoption of IPM practices to combat EFSB and documented the underlying factors that led to adoption or non-adoption of the IPM strategy. The initial economic and social impacts of the project are also presented herein.
Technical Bulletin No. 37. AVRDC publication number 06-673. AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, Shanhua, Taiwan. ISBN 92-9058-147-6, 48 pp.