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KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES ON PESTICIDE HANDLING AND DECONTAMINATION BY FARMING HOUSEHOLDS IN TUMAPIC, MAHAYAG, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR
Author: SHERHATA TAMMANG ADJID
Date: April 2016

The study was conducted to determine the effect of lecture as a form of health education on the knowledge and practices of the farming households on pesticide handling and decontamination in Barangay Tumapic, Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur. The respondents were 110 farmers who utilized pesticide as pest control measure in their rice/corn crop. Interviewer-assisted questionnaires administered during the pre- and post-interventions were utilized to gather data on knowledge and a checklist was used by trained evaluators to determine the actual practices of the respondents in the field. The results showed that knowledge on pesticide handling initially had relatively good mean score of 24.47 which increased to 26.72 immediately after the intervention and 26.87 one month after. However, there was a decline to 26.63 two months after the intervention. Furthermore, it was found that knowledge on pesticide handling has significantly improved after the intervention with p-value of 0.000. There was a minimal increase in the knowledge of the respondents on proper practices on decontamination of equipment and clothing at home after the lecture, though the difference was not statistically significant with p-value of 0.990. The initial mean score was 2.52 and maintained at 2.52 immediately after the intervention. It improved to 2.62 one month after the intervention but decreased to 2.53 two months after. Data on the actual practices on pesticide application in the field revealed that there was an increase in the number of respondents who had significant improvement in the proper practice on pesticide handling on 6 out of 15 items in the checklist after the intervention. Among these were on wearing of goggles, wearing of mask, not rubbing of eyes or forehead during application, not disposing empty bottles of pesticide in the garbage, not storing pesticide under the tree and not applying pesticide in windy weather

Keyword: Farmers Pesticide handling Decontamination practice health education Mahayag Zamboanga del sur

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