Year 2017, Volume 2, Issue 2

Year : 2017
Volume : 2
Issue : 2
Authors : Muhammad Zafarullah KHAN
Abstract : The research was initiated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan to investigate extension agents’ knowledge and skills regarding pest management. Key objectives of the study were to know the present levels of their potentials and to judge their interested level of skills and potentials in pest management capabilities needed by Agriculture Extension Officers (AEOs) for their job performance. Respondents were asked to report the self perceived level of expertise possessed by them and the level required for smooth performance regarding pest management measures in the field to sustain agriculture. The present and interested levels of potentials were measured both on Likert scale ranging from 1 to 5 such as “very low” as “1” and “very high” as “5”. There were significant differences observed in the agricultural officer’s potential for sustaining agriculture regarding age, professional qualification and job experience. Age, professional qualification and job experience have significant association on technical efficiency regarding protection of plants from pests for sustainable agriculture. Moreover, required level in said capability was higher in identification of major field crops’ diseases as well as the guidance of farmers for herbicides use against weeds. Trainings of AEOs were required in identification of diseases and insect pests of minor crops along with their causes. Hence it is recommended that AEOs may be trained and well prepared in the mentioned parameters of pest management measures to face challenges in the field of agriculture and can face farming community effectively to raise their living standards by sustaining agriculture for their coming generation.
For citation : Khan, M. Z. (2017). Assessment of extension agents’ knowledge and skills regarding pest management in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province –Pakistan. AGROFOR International Journal, Volume 2. Issue No. 2. pp. 132-141. DOI: 10.7251/AGRENG1702132K
Keywords : assessment, extension agents, knowledge and skills and pest management
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