Bio Control Farming Techniques

Our farmers invest an incredible amount of effort into creating an eco-friendly environment to grow Thirsty Camel young Thai coconuts.

An incredible amount of effort goes into creating an eco-friendly organic coconut farm. Our farms use the latest bio-control techniques to help protect the coconut crop from common pests and diseases that both promote bio-diversity and sustainability. Instead of using artificial chemical pesticides, biological methodologies are used for pest control, ensuring healthy coconut production and a healthy environment for farmers.

For example, the coconut rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros) and the black headed caterpillar (Opisina arenosella) are both common pests that can completely destroy coconut crops. Rhinoceros beetles burrow into the bases of palm fronds to drink the tree’s sap, leaving the tree open to other pests and diseases. The damage caused by this big bad bug kills coconut palm trees. The black headed caterpillar is also deadly to any coconut farm, sometimes infesting thousands of trees.

A wide variety of bio-control techniques are used by farmers to combat these coconut pests including the introduction of predatory species, growing companion plants that are good for the ecology and removing pests by hand. For example, our farmers have established breeding programmes for the Habrobracon hebetor wasp, a natural predator of the black headed caterpillar. The farmers also breed their own honeybees to ensure pollination of the Nam Hom coconut palms.

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