Countries in the Southeast Asia with characteristics of tropical climate have very high agricultural potential as a world food source, while on the other hand the characteristics of tropical agro-climate allow the development of pests, diseases, and weeds, that can cause greater crop damage or loss compared to temperate or sub-tropical countries. Efforts to manage crop pests, diseases, and weeds continue to develop in accordance with the development of science and technology.
Knowledge about pest management has mostly developed through research in subtropical countries. These are the models in the management of pests in tropical countries which has a very different agro-climate. Information on pest control technology in tropical countries, a very specifically in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries has not been widely developed and communicated. Research results of countries in the region, especially in the field of crop protection has not been well coordinated.
Climate change has significant effect on the presence of pests.
This requires close cooperation among ASEAN countries in facing the impacts of climate change and the threat of pests to the agriculture sector. On the other hand, the development of science and technology has an impact on pest management, such as pest detection and identification systems, estimation of yield loss, techniques for applying pesticides and others have shown very rapid development, especially related to the utilization of satellite image data, spectral technology and drones.
Thus, it is necessary to held a conference to gather and exchanging information on the results of research conducted in ASEAN member countries.
The conference will be designed every two years among member countries.
In short term, output of this conference will be published as scopus-indexed proceeding and along this first meeting in Bogor, Indonesia is to initiate an International Journal of Southeast Asia related to plant protection.