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Asian Journal of Scientific Research
Year: 2019  |  Volume: 12  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 105 - 111

Farmers' Knowledge and Attitudes Towards the Integrated Pest Management Principles in Paddy Rice in Banyumas Regency

Andriarti Kusumawardani, Edhi Martono, Yohanes Andi Trisyono and Nugroho Susetyo Putra    

Abstract: Background and Objective: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an ecological approach of pest control method in agricultural crop management. One way to disseminate information on IPM is through farmer field schools activities. The purpose of this research was to find out the knowledge and attitudes of farmers who had participated in the Integrated Pest Management-Farmer Field Schools (IPM-FFS) towards the use of pesticides following the IPM principles. Materials and Methods: This research employed a survey method with 55 farmers of IPM-FFS alumni and 40 farmers of non-IPM-FFS as the respondents. A descriptive analysis was carried out to describe farmers' knowledge and attitudes towards the use of pesticides. The Mann-Whitney U-test was performed to compare the level of knowledge and attitudes between the IPM-FFS farmers and the non-IPM-FFS farmers towards the use of pesticides following the IPM principles. Results: The results showed that the IPM-FFS farmers in Banyumas indicated sufficient understanding of the use of pesticides as suggested by the IPM principles and indicated some agreement to the use pesticides following the IPM principles. Conclusion: Farmers' knowledge and attitudes towards the use of pesticides in accordance with the principles of IPM can be increased more effectively through the IPM-FFS approach.

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