Green killer

Published: Tuesday 31 December 1996

Environmental contamination and high production cost could now be eliminated with the discovery of a botanical pesticide using Jatropha curcas (tubang-bakod), say scientists from the Central Development Research Institute> based in Baltac, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. Pesticide from Jatropha can be easily prepared by farmers themselves. The formulated product is a yellow emulsifiable concentrate and forms a white uniform suspension when mixed with water. This botanical pesticide is cheaper, effective, biodegradable and is not harmful to beneficial insects.

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