ISSN: 0041-3216 (Online), 0041-3216 (Print)
Volume 95 Special Issue 2, October 2018
Attitudes, knowledge and practices of Trinidad vegetable farmers and their predisposition to adopting IPM strategies in the management of crop diseases
The extension of integrated crop management advice to Trinidad farmers was the main objective of Plant Clinics established by ?Plantwise?, a global crop health programme. In 2015, a study was conducted to understand the Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) of the farmers attending the plant clinics. Respondent?s KAP relating to pests and disease information and control methods, pesticides and related information were assessed. Data collected employing questionnaires were analysed using SPSS statistical programme. Knowledge as to where to source information about pests and diseases and the harvest intervals of pesticides were most prevalent among those surveyed. More producers agreed that information from input suppliers was more timely and reliable when compared with Ministry of Agriculture. Farmers generally chose a pesticide based on effectiveness of control. Most reported that they always use a cocktail of four or more pesticides to control multiple problems. There is good appreciation among farmers about environmental issues and this augurs well for enhanced IPM training. Hence effective networking activities and training among stakeholders need to be strengthened to encourage adoption of IPM practices. Extension methods must keep pace with change in knowledge, attitudes and needs of stakeholders.
Keywords: Disease management, pesticide application, integrated pest management, stakeholders, extension