Oman’s EA continues its efforts to combat insect pests in the mountains of Dhofar Governorate

Salalah: The Environment Agency, represented by the Directorate General of Environment in Dhofar Governorate, seeks to combat insect pests that harm the components of the natural environment. With the aim of preserving the vegetation cover and ensuring its sustainability in the mountains of the governorate.

In this context, the authority carried out a series of campaigns to combat insect pests in the mountains of the governorate, as part of its operational programs to protect perennial trees. Hashir in the Wilayat of Mirbat in 2021 , pointing out that the control methodology relies on a number of remedial and preventive steps for perennial trees, especially the “figs” represented by the two trees (Teeq and Ghaydit), in addition to other types, which are the trees (Baobab, Mitan, and Sugout), as field surveys showed It is most affected by these insects.

He added that the leg borer insect, or the leg borer beetle, and the termite, which is locally called “ashderet”, is one of the most common insect pests that are combated through many measures, represented by amputating some dead branches in the affected trees, and cleaning Manual spraying of trees with pesticides that are not harmful to plants, followed by limescale (inflorescence) on the tree trunks to protect them from the infiltration of insect larvae.

The head of the Biodiversity Department at the Directorate General of Environment in Dhofar Governorate explained that the campaign to combat insect pests targets about 1,100 trees during the first half of this year in various regions of the governorate. It was represented by the trees of  Baobab, Al-Teq, Al-Ghaith, Al-Sagout and Al-Maitan , while work is currently underway on the second phase of the campaign, which targets three locations in the mountains of the governorate, namely:  Tawi Atir ,  Yur  and Khbarart , and it is expected that the number of treated trees will reach About 600 trees.

Saeed bin Muhammad Al-Shehri, Head of the Biodiversity Department at the General Directorate of Environment in Dhofar Governorate, confirmed that the Environment Agency is working on a number of measures to protect and propagate wild plants in Dhofar Governorate. Through tree nurseries, protected cultivation operations, as well as planting and scattering seeds in wild areas, and pruning and protecting perennial trees.

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