Changing farmers' perceptions and practices: the case of insect pest control in central Luzon, Philippines uri icon

abstract

  • Over the decades, rice farmers have become dependent on chemicals to control insect pests. Farmers perceive that all insects are harmful and that insecticide is very effective in controlling them, aside from being very convenient to use. Empirical evidence shows that farmers' perceptions about insects and consequently their control practices can be changed through experiential methods. Experience can be achieved either through learning-by-doing a simple on-farm experiment, or through learning-by-using the knowledge gained from a season-long integrated pest management training course, which is a knowledge-intensive technology. Both approaches seemingly indicate to effect minimal damage on the environment and farmers' health. The IPM approach, however, is inferred to pave the way for more sustainable rice production, a better environment and healthier lives for the farmers and their families, and the consumers. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved

publication date

  • 1998
  • 1998