Farmers’ Knowledge, Perceptions and Practices in Managing Weeds and Insect Pests of Common Bean in Northern Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Laizer, Hudson C.
dc.contributor.author Chacha, Musa
dc.contributor.author Ndakidemi, Patrick A.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-04T08:06:25Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-04T08:06:25Z
dc.date.issued 2019-07-28
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.3390/su11154076
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.nm-aist.ac.tz/handle/123456789/446
dc.description Research Article published by MDPI en_US
dc.description.abstract Weeds and insect pests are among the serious constraints in common bean production in most rural communities. A survey of 169 smallholder farmers was conducted in two common bean-growing districts in northern Tanzania. The aim was to assess farmers’ knowledge, perceptions, current management practices and challenges in order to develop sustainable weed and insect pest management strategies. The results revealed that 83% of farmers perceived insect pests as the major constraint in common bean production, while 73% reported weeds as the main drawback. Insect pest managementwasmainly achieved through the use of synthetic pesticides, however, only 24%of farmers were able to apply, the rest could not afford due to high cost, limited access and lack of knowledge. Only 6.5% of farmers were aware of non-chemical methods and 2.1% did not practice any method in managing insect pests, both in the field and during storage. Moreover, farmers generally relied on experience inmanaging insect pests andweeds, and about 43%did not see the need to consult extension officers. These findings indicate that there is a need to sensitize and train farmers on the sustainable methods for pest and weed management in common bean farming systems in northern Tanzania. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.subject Phaseolus vulgaris en_US
dc.subject Integrated pest and weed management en_US
dc.subject Crop protection en_US
dc.subject Sustainable agriculture en_US
dc.title Farmers’ Knowledge, Perceptions and Practices in Managing Weeds and Insect Pests of Common Bean in Northern Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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