PETALING JAYA: In conjunction with Green Action Week, the Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) has launched a guidebook on how to control pests at home gardens without resorting to harmful pesticides.
Its 20-page guidebook on "Managing Pests in Home Gardens" was published in Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil.
Speaking about the launch, CAP president Mohideen Abdul Kader noted that many people had started growing their own vegetables during the movement control order (MCO) in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"CAP received many calls from the public requesting non-chemical based solutions for pest management. We have decided to publish this guidebook as part of our sharing community platform, which is the theme of the Green Action Week," he said in a statement on Saturday (Oct 3).
Initiated by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), the Green Action Week was implemented in collaboration with Consumers International (CI).
CAP's guidebook provides basic information on common pests in the garden and the role of predatory insects in managing them.
"It also provides tips on how to make simple pest control solutions and ways to attract beneficial insects to our gardens," said Mohideen.
He said that CAP has been pushing for the ban of highly hazardous pesticides to check exposure to toxins that had far-reaching implications on public health and the environment.
"Last week, CAP submitted a memorandum (to the authorities) calling for a ban on glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides, which are widely used globally. All these agrochemicals are poisoning us and the environment.
"We need to stop using these poisons, and also demand that these toxic materials are no longer manufactured and sold," he said.
He added that CAP’s campaign on sustainable consumption through sharing and community collaboration has resulted in the establishment of several active sharing platforms, including seed-sharing and gardening networks.
Mohideen said pesticides would also kill beneficial insects that played vital roles as pollinators.
Harming such beneficial insects posed a threat to the food supply, he said.
"What we need are food security, food safety and food accessibility," he said, adding that this can be achieved when more and more people start planting food crops and stop using harmful chemicals to control pests and weeds.
"The government also encouraged communities and individuals to start planting crops in residential areas, and promoted urban gardens," he added.
CAP hoped to revive the sharing community culture practised in the past.
"Grow your own food, and start sharing your produce and knowledge for the betterment of the world," said Mohideen.
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