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Difficulties in Integrated pest management in olive groves

Joan Josep Duatis Monllaó
Technician. Plant Protection Association (ADV) for control of the olive fly in Lower Ebro Montsià

Integrated pest management in olive groves involves difficulties of several kinds. However, as in many areas, it is important to distinguish between producers who already performed correct practices before regulations emerged, and another group displaying a wide array of attitudes, ranging from people who fail to act correctly through ignorance to those who believe that what they are doing is correct.
Within this range of producers, the various difficulties can be grouped into several categories, such as economic, training or bureaucratic issues and time availability. All of these are linked to a series of cross-cutting technical difficulties.
Compliance with the implementation of integrated pest management depends upon many factors. In my view, the most important of these are: the time devoted to olive cultivation, the resources available for this activity, the harvest that can be expected and of course the price of the oil to be produced, which is fundamental. The most important difficulties are caused by ignorance of the rules, since it is impossible to apply something that is not known.
Then there is a lack of awareness of the key concepts involved in pest management, treatment thresholds, authorised products and pest biology. More often than not, people are not even aware of their obligations as food producers. Finally, it is important to point out that non-chemical control methods are not used to the same degree for all crops, and that the olive sector is not the most advanced in this area.

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