Weed Science Society of Eastern Africa-Program and Abstracts 1997

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1997
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Weed Science Society of Eastern Africa
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Group interview techniques are applied to better understand smallholder farmers' attitudes to herbicide use and identify reasons why they are, or are not, being adopted. The need for the study arose because of the limited resources available to NARL and therefore a need to prioritise research activities. This is the first time group interviews have been used by the weeds unit on this scale and the paper records some of the positive and negative aspects of such studies. In particular, care must be taken to avoid influencing the response given by farmers and to encourage free and open discussion. The main conclusions are that farmers lack information on appropriate herbicide applications, have severe product marketing constraints and are vulnerable to product adulteration. Further research activities should concentrate on farm level trials, demonstrations and information bulletins should be produced to make farmers more aware of opportunities for using herbicides.
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