Is tobacco the next 'miracle crop'?
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Tobacco juice, tobacco dust juice and tobacco lime are not only for traditional organic insecticide used in domestic gardening but also for mainstream commercial agriculture. Tobacco has been proven effective against a variety of snails like the brackish water pond snails (Cerithideacingulata Gmelin) which are usually pests in brackish water ponds and golden apple snails (Pomaceacanaliculata) that pester rice farms in the country. Studies conducted by a team from the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (Seafdec) in Tigbauan, Iloilo under Dr. Joebert D. Toledo had proven tobacco dust to be effective against predatory snails and other creatures that exist in ponds and fish pens. Parasitic trematodes, that are harmful against young fish stocks, require an intermediate host like snails to thrive. And since tobacco dust is toxic to pond snails, parasites that harm fish stocks are effectively controlled.
Flora, I. O. (2018, May 6). Is tobacco the next ‘miracle crop’?. Sun • Star Pampanga, p. 6.
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Agriculture; Dust; Organic fertilizers; Governments; Nitrogen; Phosphorus; Potassium; Insecticides; Sterilization; Fish ponds; Organic wastes; Proliferation; Plankton; Food organisms; Molluscicides; Predators; Fish; Mortality; Pesticides; Aquaculture; Fishers; Parasites; Lycopersicon esculentum; Solanum tuberosum; Capsicum; Cerithidea cingulata; Pomacea canaliculata; National Tobacco Administration (NTA); Kinnaird College; Department of Agriculture (DA); Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); Philippine Council for Aquaculture and Marine Resources Research and Development (PCAMRRD); Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/ Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD); International Rice Research Institute (IRRI); Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice); Shakeel, Sarah; Toledo, Joebert D.
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