Pesticide misuse is a widespread problem in vegetable production systems in Southeast Asia. Studies from the World Vegetable Center show the extent of the problem, identify drivers, and point at possible solutions.
This study aimed to understand farmers' knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding agricultural pest management and synthetic pesticide use in Southeast Asia. Data were used from 900 farm households producing leaf mustard and yard-long bean in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Most farmers were aware of the adverse health effects associated with pesticide use and covered body parts while spraying, but also considered pesticides to be highly effective and indispensable farm inputs.
Knowledge is the first step in reducing pesticide use. To promote safe crop protection strategies, AVRDC is studying the constraints farmers face in Vietnam.