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Elderly and female farmers are more likely prefer cultural/physical management practices for the fall armyworm management

Gender role in fall armyworm management is very crucial. Research says, male farmers prefer easy and quick management practices while female farmers prefer more environmental-friendly cultural practices. Physical/cultural practices were dominated by hand-picking and crushing egg masses, application of ash, sand or liquid detergent on the larvae, and early planting. More female than male farmers used physical/cultural practices. More male than female farmers also combined practices, in particular pesticides and cultural or biological products. Across age category, elderly farmers were more likely to employ cultural practices and a combination of cultural and pesticides or biological products than younger farmers. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ps.5504

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Geoffrey Anyanda
Geoffrey Anyanda (@geoffrey-nyapom)
8 months ago

In Kenya, 63% of women contribute to labor for weeding and 52% for harvesting as reported by Kassie in 2014. Recent paper by Hugo De Groote, women had more knowledge about fall armyworm, since they are more involved in farming management especially during vegetative stages where damage is more visible.

See here :
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305750X13002374#

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338500902_Spread_and_impact_of_fall_armyworm_Spodoptera_frugiperda_JE_Smith_in_maize_production_areas_of_Kenya

Aislinn Pearson
Aislinn Pearson (@aislinnpearson)
8 months ago

An excellent and very interesting paper. Thanks for posting Sundar

Marcellin Cuma Cokola
Marcellin Cuma Cokola (@marcellin-cokola)
8 months ago

Thank you for sharing the results of this research. This study confirms the active participation and implication of women in the management of fall armyworm on the African continent. A similar study (not yet published) on farmers perception and indigenous methods of fall armyworm management in eastern DR Congo confirms these results. Congratulations to the whole team for this interesting publication!