By Kingsley Adegboye
Experts in the study of insects say there is ongoing research on factors that encourage the breeding of mosquitoes with the intention of curtailing malaria.
The experts who gathered last week in Lagos under the aegis of the Entomological Society of Nigeria’s Golden Jubilee Anniversary and 46th Annual Conference, noted that research is currently ongoing on more effective control methods that will subsequently help in the curtailing of malaria which claims over one million lives every year in Nigeria and other parts of tropical Africa.
In his welcome address , President of ESN, Professor Dan Enobakhare of the Department of Crop Science, Faculty Agriculture, University of Benin, said Nigeria was long overdue for a pest museum that could be a major source of tourist centre and an income generation platform.
Enobakhare noted that much as insects damage food, destroy harvested food in storage and often cause loss of entire crops, some insects and arthropods play beneficial roles using their biodiversity and ecosystem for benefits of mankind. The university don noted that given the diverse nature of pests in Nigeria and the need to maximize their benefits, ESN had always been at the forefront of establishing a Pest Museum in Nigeria.
“It is incredible to know that African Livestock for example succumb easily in their millions to insect and tick borne diseases which result in losses of milk, meat and traction power with huge yearly momentary losses. However, some insects and arthropods play beneficial roles using their biodiversity and ecosystem among others.
“Our society has been calling on the federal Government to establish a pests zoo in Nigeria as a major tourist centre to earn foreign exchange for the Federal Government. This is done in many developed economies” he said.