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Promoting the adoption of IPM in vegetable production

By Hans Dobson and Louise Laboschange

Abstract

Horticulture provides employment for around two million people in Kenya,but there is scope for expansion and improvement. Many horticultural crops\ud 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\ud 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\ud reduce reliance on pesticides and improve sustainability. These methods are knowledge-intensive, but to date farmers have received little objective and\ud scientifically sound information, advice and training on how to minimise the use of pesticides and how to use them sustainably. This project aimed to\ud develop training capacity and to pilot an effective system for disseminating\ud information to trainers and farmers, to enable them to use IPM to grow\ud safe and healthy crops in a profitable and sustainable way. Information\ud was incorporated into a series of training aids comprising a Manual for\ud Trainers, a comprehensive training kit and various targeted dissemination\ud resources. These kits provided the foundation for a two-level course design\ud that enabled the project to train 16 specially chosen trainers, who initially\ud trained over 500 farmers, with the aim of improving the quality and\ud production levels of vegetables in Keny

Topics: S1, SB
Publisher: Natural Resources International Ltd.
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:gala.gre.ac.uk:3176

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