The director of the plant protection department of Vietnam's Agriculture Ministry, Nguyen Van Huan, has stressed the importance of encouraging the country's commercial fruit growers to protect their crop through a programme called Integrated Pest Management. The system was first introduced to Vietnam ten years ago, but Huan berated the fact that "few farmers have adopted these methods, and the use of insecticide is growing considerably." Speaking to delegates collected for a seminar on fruit cultivation organised by the