Risk reduction through the control of the Curly Leaf Virus in tomatoes, St. Lucia
In Saint Lucia, farmers are facing increasingly the yellow curly leaf virus as an emerging hazard among others affecting their livelihoods. Pests and diseases can seriously damage farmers’ crops and reduce their yields. Farmers were getting apprehensive about continuing with tomato production in the way they did in the past, due to the increasingly high cost of chemical treatment against the virus and the uncertainty of crop yields. The integrated pest management method introduced by the project in both open fields and in a greenhouse showed that when exact chemical application schedules and quantities were applied and recommended crop husbandry practices were followed, the incidence of tomato curly leaf virus was reduced and crop yield as well as quality could be improved.