Fifteen researchers from China, Thailand and Vietnam participated in a joint data analysis workshop held in Bangkok Thailand April 4 – 8, 2011. Baseline surveys have been conducted in China (Jinhua, Guilin, Hainan), Thailand (Chainat) and Vietnam (Tien Giang, An Giang) to assess farmers’ knowledge, attitudes and knowledge (KAP) on biodiversity conservation, pest management and use of ecological engineering methods. In the three countries, a total of 2397 farmers have been interviewed using a common questionnaire instrument developed through a series of focus group discussions. All the survey data sets have been coded using Excel. Using hands-on techniques, participants developed skills in data cleaning and uploaded into a statistical package, like SPSS. Various data management tools such as data exploring, constructing new variables, transforming variable values and recoding were introduced. In addition statistical techniques for comparing groups, analyzing relationships between variables and comparing farmers’ beliefs were discussed. Participants will put all analyses into baseline reports.
Participants visited a BPH outbreak area in Tambol Lumlukka, Pathum Thani and found that the farmer who had been spraying insecticide 8 times suffered hopperburn while his neighbor who did not spray at all had only low BPH populations. Farmers in the area obtain their advice from the local pesticide shop. The lady owner had recommended all farmers in the area to add either cypermethrin, abamectin or chlorpyrifos into herbicide sprays as prophylactic treatments for pest control. And if hoppers become a problem she recommends the weekly sprays of imidacloprid, BPMC or buprofezin.
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