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Promoting the adoption of IPM in vegetable production

Promoting the adoption of IPM in vegetable production

Dobson, Hans and Laboschange, Louise (2006) Promoting the adoption of IPM in vegetable production. In: Sweetmore, Anne, Kimmins, Francis and Silverside, Penny, (eds.) Perspectives on pests II: achievements of research under UK Department for International Development Crop Protection Programme 2000–05. Natural Resources International Ltd., Aylesford, UK, pp. 122-124. ISBN 0954645278

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Horticulture provides employment for around two million people in Kenya,but there is scope for expansion and improvement. Many horticultural crops
are susceptible to pests and diseases, and farmers often rely on chemical sprays to maintain and increase supply to a growing urban population. They want easy, rapid and reliable crop protection, and a common perception is
that pesticides are the modern (and hence desirable) solution for successful farming. Previous research by CPP and other projects has shown that a mix of traditional and newer control techniques, important in IPM, can
reduce reliance on pesticides and improve sustainability. These methods are knowledge-intensive, but to date farmers have received little objective and
scientifically sound information, advice and training on how to minimise the use of pesticides and how to use them sustainably. This project aimed to
develop training capacity and to pilot an effective system for disseminating
information to trainers and farmers, to enable them to use IPM to grow
safe and healthy crops in a profitable and sustainable way. Information
was incorporated into a series of training aids comprising a Manual for
Trainers, a comprehensive training kit and various targeted dissemination
resources. These kits provided the foundation for a two-level course design
that enabled the project to train 16 specially chosen trainers, who initially
trained over 500 farmers, with the aim of improving the quality and
production levels of vegetables in Kenya

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: crop management, pest management, crop protection
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
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