What does IPM mean in Farming & Agriculture?
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What does IPM mean?
- Integrated pest management
- Integrated pest management, also known as Integrated Pest Control is a broad based approach that integrates a range of practices for economic control of pests. IPM aims to suppress pest populations below the economic injury level. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN defines IPM as "the careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations and keep pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize risks to human health and the environment. IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms." IPM has been urged by entomologists and ecologists for adoption of pest control for many years. IPM allows for a safer means of controlling pests. This can include controlling insects, plant pathogens and weeds. Globalization of markets and increased movements of people all over the world are allowing for increasing numbers of invasive species to be brought into countries. Appropriate responses to these pests are needed and development and implementation strategies should be arranged. It is essential that the option that poses the least risks while maximizing benefits is needed and that the strategy may include all components related to integrated pest management strategies.