Farmer’s Perception of Cassava Mosaic Disease, Preferences and Constraints in Lupaula Province of ZambiaReport as inadecuate




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Cassavais the principal staple root crop, providing a major source of calories forrural and urban households in Luapula province of Zambia. However, the yieldson smallholder farms are relatively low largely due to disease infections. Thestudy was therefore conducted to establish farmers’ perceptions, knowledge andmanagement of cassava mosaic disease CMD, which is one of the major diseasesof cassava, and to establish farmers’ preferred traits, constraints and assesssources of cassava cuttings for planting. Focus group discussions FGD andstructured interviews involving 156 farmers in Mwense, Mansa and Samfyadistricts were conducted from December 2008 to March 2009. Knowledge of CMD waslimited among the respondents. Only 2.4% of the respondents were aware of thedisease despite high CMD incidence in farmers’ fields. The majority of thefarmers were aware of the importance of insect pests; however, they could notdifferentiate between damages due to diseases or insect pests. High yield andearly bulking traits were highly ranked. Most of the farmers planted locallandraces on small-fields



Author: P. C. Chikoti1*, R. Melis2, P. Shanahan2

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