Farmer uses red ants to protect fruit trees against pests

| March 21, 2016

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This week’s story from Zimbabwe talks about raising insects for animal feed. Our Script of the week focuses on another way that insects can help farmers.

Chemical farm products such as pesticides are being used more frequently to protect tree plantations against pests. But these chemicals can endanger the environment and human health. This week’s script introduces us to an innovative fruit tree planter who uses red ants to control pests of fruit trees, including fruit flies, dust mites, leaf miners, and others. Since this farmer discovered the beneficial effects of ants, he can’t get enough of them.