Frontiers of Agriculture and Food Technology

Frontiers of Agriculture and Food Technology ISSN 7295-2849 Vol. 10 (4), pp. 001-004, April, 2020. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Farmers’ knowledge and perception of horticultural insect pest problems in southwestern Nigeria                                                        

Banjo, A.D.1, Lawal, O.A.1*, Fapojuwo, O.E.2 and Songonuga, E. A.1

1Department of Biological Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University, P.M.B. 2002, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun-State, Nigeria.

2Department of Extention and Rural Sociology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, P.M.B. 2002, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun-State, Nigeria.

Accepted 13 January, 2020

Abstract

This survey was carried out in three states of southwestern Nigeria (Ogun, Oyo and Lagos states) on farmer’s perception of horticultural insect pest problems. The survey was conducted between August 2002 and January 2003. A large number of the farmers were above 25 years old (91%). They were predominantly male (73%) and about 76% were married. Some farmers cultivate both tree and vegetables (36.5%) while a few of them plant trees, vegetable and ornamentals together (5.4%). Whilst 89% were aware of insect pest problems, only 35% used chemical treatment even though about 79% thought that pest damage ranged from mild to severe. Majority of the farmers adopt diverse number of traditional methods in pest control.

Key words: Farmers, pests, horticultural crops, vegetable, control.