Farmers’ Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices Regarding the Use of Agroecological-Based Pest Management Practices in Crucifers and Traditional African Vegetable (TAV) Production in Kenya and Ta

Abstract:

Crucifers and traditional African vegetables (TAVs) are important to smallholders in Kenya and Tanzania, but yield remains below potential due to pests and diseases. Agroecological production methods present a nature-based solution to pest and disease management in crucifer and TAV production. We explore the status of farmers’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding agroecological-based production pest management practices. Structured and pretested questionnaires were used to collect data from 1071 vegetable farming households in Kenya and Tanzania. Using descriptive statistics, parametric, and non-parametric analysis, our study revealed that less than 20% of farmers had received training on agroecological-based practices and less than 25% were aware of most of these practices. Among those who were aware of the practices and could confirm their effectiveness less than 12% had adopted them, except for crop rotation and handpicking of pests. This study attributes the low adoption to farmers’ negative attitudes towards the practices. Nonetheless, the study further revealed that training significantly and positively influences the adoption of the practices. Therefore, we recommend that governments and other stakeholders promote targeted awareness campaigns and increase access to training on vegetable production using sustainable pest and disease management practices.
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APA

Kirui, E (2024). Farmers’ Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices Regarding the Use of Agroecological-Based Pest Management Practices in Crucifers and Traditional African Vegetable (TAV) Production in Kenya and Ta. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/farmers-knowledge-attitude-and-practices-regarding-the-use-of-agroecological-based-pest-management-practices-in-crucifers-and-traditional-african-vegetable-tav-production-in-kenya-and-tanzani

MLA 8th

Kirui, Essy "Farmers’ Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices Regarding the Use of Agroecological-Based Pest Management Practices in Crucifers and Traditional African Vegetable (TAV) Production in Kenya and Ta" Afribary. Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/farmers-knowledge-attitude-and-practices-regarding-the-use-of-agroecological-based-pest-management-practices-in-crucifers-and-traditional-african-vegetable-tav-production-in-kenya-and-tanzani. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

MLA7

Kirui, Essy . "Farmers’ Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices Regarding the Use of Agroecological-Based Pest Management Practices in Crucifers and Traditional African Vegetable (TAV) Production in Kenya and Ta". Afribary, Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024. Web. 24 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/farmers-knowledge-attitude-and-practices-regarding-the-use-of-agroecological-based-pest-management-practices-in-crucifers-and-traditional-african-vegetable-tav-production-in-kenya-and-tanzani >.

Chicago

Kirui, Essy . "Farmers’ Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices Regarding the Use of Agroecological-Based Pest Management Practices in Crucifers and Traditional African Vegetable (TAV) Production in Kenya and Ta" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 24, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/farmers-knowledge-attitude-and-practices-regarding-the-use-of-agroecological-based-pest-management-practices-in-crucifers-and-traditional-african-vegetable-tav-production-in-kenya-and-tanzani