The Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention, jointly with the FAO Subregional Office for Southern Africa and the FAO Pest and Pesticide Management Team, is organizing on 23 June 2021, at 14:30 CEST, a webinar on alternatives to fenthion for quelea bird control.
The red-billed quelea (Quelea quelea Linnaeus) is the most important avian pest of small grain crops in semi-arid zones in Africa. With an estimated adult breeding population of at least 1.5 billion, FAO estimates the agricultural losses attributable to the quelea in excess of 50 million USD annually. At present, control is mostly by aerial and/or ground-spraying of organophosphate avicides, with fenthion being the pesticide of choice.
The Rotterdam Convention Secretariat has implemented several activities to raise awareness on health and environment hazard of fenthion and encourage research and identification of alternatives to this avicide for quelea bird control.
This webinar will provide an overview of quelea birds’ damage on cereals and control schemes in Eastern and Southern Africa. Participants will also hear about the progress in developing the quelea forecasting model in Africa and the promotion of falconry-based bird abatement focusing on the Botswana case study.
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English and French.