Assessment of farmers knowledge on pesticides and trainings on pesticide waste management in Central Punjab - Pakistan.
Current study was intended to assess the farmers' knowledge and reliance on sustainable use of pesticides. Reduction in pesticide usage is very a simple strategy but it requires systematic programs, management of multiple pests and the variety of tactics to control invasive species. Development of transgenic crops; use of natural enemies and other cultural practices help reducing pesticide usage. Randomly 205 farmers were selected to conduct the study. Data were collected by using a questionnaire during face to face interviews of some 195 farmers. The majority of the respondents did not receive any training on sustainable use of pesticides. The study revealed that training on pest counting helps in sustainable pesticide usage. About 66.7% farmers did not receive any training on alternative pest control methods that clearly indicates their dependency on use of pesticides (chemicals). However, a positive correlation was realized between total number of trainings received by the respondents and their profile (age, education and pesticide using experience). Sustainable usage of pesticides protects crops from harmful insects, pests and diseases; reduces health hazards, minimizes all types of pollutions (Air, soil, water) and farming costs. Policy makers and extension workers should create awareness among farmers on the alternative pest controlling methods and diffuse to meet the objective of the sustainable pesticide uses.