ILOILO CITY, April 7 (PNA) — Amidst heightened concerns of pestilence in Iloilo province, the Iloilo Provincial Agricultural Office (IPAO) has buckled down to work by instituting measures aimed at battling the menace of pests which normally turn aggressive during the summer months and, thus, protect rice fields from swarming rice black bugs and rats.

Dr. Ildefonso Toledo, Iloilo Provincial Agriculture Officer, said there is a continuing trainingof farmers that equip them with knowledge on how to fight off farm pests, and in many villages, an anti-pests program called “Bantay Peste” has been set in motion.

In spite of the impending hazards posed by pests, Toledo still sounded optimistic that IPAO’s response to the challenge presented by pests, which have become increasingly difficult to manage, will achieve success. (PNA)