ISSN: 0041-3216 (Online), 0041-3216 (Print)
Volume 90 Number 1
Agro-shop owners and operators technical knowledge of pesticides and pest management strategies in Trinidad. (51)
Trinidad is almost self sufficient in the more popular vegetables consumed locally and many studies have pointed to the excessive use of sometimes dangerous pesticides in production. No regulations guide pesticide sale to agriculturists, and agrochemical retailers have been shown to be the main source of technical information for farmers. Seventy five agrochemical retailers in Trinidad were surveyed to determine the most frequently sold pesticides and their knowledge of appropriate and safe crop protection practices for pests, diseases and weeds and knowledge of safety and environmental issues. The results reflected overall fair knowledge in all areas assessed. ANOVA results showed that training prior to employment, training received during employment, perception of present skills and position in the organisation were significantly associated (p<0.05 level) with knowledge and skills. The study recommended both the rationalisation of training among the different training agencies and an increased frequency in the immediate future given the potential risks to human health and the environment associated with the communication of incorrect information.
Keywords: agrochemical retailers, Trinidad, environmental issues, pesticide management