The Pest Management Council of the Philippines (PCMP) will hold its Annual Scientific Conference on May 6-9, 2014 at the Cebu Mandarin Plaza Hotel in Cebu City.This was announced by Dr. Joy Eusebio, president of the organization which will also celebrate its 45th anniversary during the event. Theme of the conference is “Harnessing Plant Science, Biotechnology, and Organic Approaches for Effective Pest Mnagement.”
Sen. Cynthia Villar, head of the Senate Committee on Ag riculture and Food, will be the guest of honor during the opening. Agriculture Sec. Proceso J. Alcala will also address the gathering.
Agricultural scientists will present scientific papers on various topics related to agriculture. The papers will compete for awards. Another highlight will be the Farmers’ Forum where farmers will be able to consult the experts on their farming problems, especially pertaining to crop pests and diseases.
Another highlight will be the giving of awards of recognition to outstanding scientists who have contributed important technologies in agricultural pest management. These include entomologists and plant pathologists who have developed important technologies that have impacted agricultural development in the country.
The Council is composed of three professional/scientific societies like the Philippine Association of Entomologists, Philippine Phytopathological Society, Weed Science Society of the Philippines, and three associations, namely CropLife Philippines, Crop Protection Association of the Philippines and Pest Control Association of the Philippines.
The three societies (PAE, PPS and WSSP) are engaged in teaching, research, training and extension on pest management. On the other hand, CropLife and CPAP are engaged in discovery, development, importation and distribution of crop protection chemicals while PCAP is engaged in urban pest management.
For additional information, contact Dr. Teodora O. Dizon, secretary, at 0917-301-2475. She is from the Institute of Plant Breeding at UP Los Banos.