Current pest management practices, health impact and pesticide safety by farmers in Obowo, Imo state, Nigeria
Iwunze JI and Amaechi AA
To assess Current pest management practices, health impactand pesticide safety by farmers in Obowo, Imo State a cross sectional study was conducted using a structural questionnaire and focal group discussion. Results indicated that chemical practice (76.0%) was the current pest management adopted by the farmers. Notably, 69.0% do not consider any pesticide use pattern. Nearly 36.0% of the participants follow the product label 29.0% uses protective clothing as safety practice to prevent pesticide exposure. Forty nine (49.0%) were of the view that pesticide affect human health, (38.0%) affirmed that it affect livestock while (13.0%) had it that it affect the environment. This study highlighted a need for immediate implementation of strict pesticide use regulations and recommended educational programs for pest control professionals, growers, and pesticide retailers. In addition, there is a need to inform farmers about integrated pest management to prevent severe health complications, which may occur as a result of unsafe and inappropriate use of pesticides.