124 mango producers attended this training, which took place at five different sites. Rosine Wargui, agronomist and specialist in the protection of perennial crops, provided producers with skills to be able to recognise the main species of fruit flies, their reproductive cycle and the various methods for monitoring orchards.
The tools and advice given during the training enabled the mango producers to identify the methods of controlling fruit flies: orchard maintenance and hygiene, mass trapping, spot treatment (application of poisoned bait), biological control, and integrated control.
"It gave me confidence to practise making and setting homemade traps, preparing a bait solution for fruit flies and applying it to the trees. I am now able to recognise harmful flies in my orchard. I will therefore be able to use these application techniques and precise dosages through which I can improve my economic performance. I would like to thank the trainer for her advice, FeNaProM for initiating this training, the PASDeR programme for its technical and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for its financial support", says Jeanette NATTA, a member of the Municipal Union of Producers of Natitingou (north-west Benin).
The National Federation of Mango Producers (FeNaProM) is the only umbrella organisation at the national level that brings together socio-professional organisations specialised in mango production. It has 24 communal cooperatives with more than 700 mango producers in the communities of Collines, Borgou, Alibori, Atacora and Donga.
This training will contribute to a national production of good quality mango that meets the market demand. Its producers will be able to meet the government's strategy, which consists in favouring the export of Beninese mango to the countries of the North.
The Rural Economic Development Support Programme (PASDeR) is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by the Swisscontact-LARES consortium.