Farmers’ Management Practices and Perception on Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera Frugiperda Smith) in Fogera Districts, South Gondar, Ethiopia

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Year:
2022
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
Fall Armyworm, Miss Use of Pesticide, Irrigated Maize, Small Holder Farmers, Pest Management
Authors:
Mitku, Geteneh
Journal:
IJRAS
Volume:
9
Number:
1
Pages:
1-9
Month:
January
ISSN:
2348-3997
Abstract:
This study was conducted to investigate the farmers’ pest management use practice on fall armyworm in irrigated maize production. A survey was carried out in fields of major irrigated maize-growing areas of Fogera districts of Ethiopia in 2020 cropping seasons. Farmers who grow maize were selected randomly for this interview. A semi-structured questionnaire was used. Almost all farmers depend on pesticide as fall armyworm control, they used 5 times and one-time pesticide applications for irrigated and rain-feed maize for fall armyworm control respectively. Most of the pesticide-sprayer farmers had poor pesticide use and handling practice. Government and nongovernment organization should focus on awareness creation for farmers on safely pesticide use practices, particularly on the use of personal protective devices, and sanitation practices during and after application of pesticides.

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