Enhancing Knowledge on the Influence of Some Beneficial Insects on Vegetable Production at Odogbolu Nigeria

Enhancing Knowledge on the Influence of Some Beneficial Insects on Vegetable Production at Odogbolu Nigeria

Author by Mr. Osagie Afodu

Journal/Publisher: American Journal Of Environment And Sustainable Development

Volume/Edition: 3

Language: English

Pages: 29 - 32

Abstract

Insect pests have made significant negative contribution to crop production in both qualitative and quantitative terms. However, there are some insects with positive influence on crop yield; and are therefore beneficial to farmers (pollination, weed killing, soil building or being natural enemies to pests). Farmers were found to have no knowledge or little knowledge of the existence of these beneficial insects and were said to indiscriminately use insecticides which harm both non beneficial and beneficial insects. The aim of this study is therefore to assess the impact of an educational intervention in increasing the knowledge of farmers on beneficial insects. Thirty-one (31) farmers were enrolled for this study, and a self-developed questionnaire was used in assessing their knowledge both pre- and post-test. An educational intervention was carried out. Data collected were analysed using SPSS version 21. Findings showed that there was significant increase in the knowledge of farmers on beneficial insects (df = 60; F = 7.612; P < 0>


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