Farmer uses red ants to protect fruit trees against pests

    | September 9, 2013

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    This week’s story from Kenya shows the benefits of growing fruit trees in a semi-arid environment. Fruit trees can indeed offer many benefits. But, like all crops, they sometimes have pest problems.

    Our script of the week features a farmer who came across a successful and innovative method of protecting his fruit trees against attack from insect pests. Rather than using expensive and often toxic insecticides, he used the natural behaviour of red ants to protect his trees again fruit flies, dust mites, leaf miners, and other insect pests. Since the farmer discovered the beneficial effects of ants, he cannot get enough of them.