Pesticides Use Practice and its Related Factors among Farmers in Pyin Oo Lwin Township, Myanmar
Suthep Silapanuntakul, Tanasri Srihabut, May Thet Khine

The purpose of this descriptive cross-sectional study was to assess pesticides use practice and its significant factors among farmers in Pyin Oo Lwin Township, Myanmar. Data were collected from eight villages using proportional and simple random sampling from January to February 2013. A total sample of 219 farmers who grew flowers and vegetables was interviewed with structured questionnaires. Result indicated that the average age of respondents was 39.8 years and S.D. of 13.2 with a male to female ratio of 1.05:1. The majority of them were between 40 and 49 years old, married and lived with their children having average 79.74 US $ per month. Totally, 57.1 % had been using pesticides for more than 10 years. In addition, 47 % had good knowledge, 16.9 % had good perception, and most respondents had moderate accessibility to protective equipment but low accessibility to information, low availability to training program, and low social support. It revealed that their pesticides use practices were significantly and positively correlated with gender, monthly income, education, knowledge on pesticides danger and its usage, and accessibility to protective equipment and information, and social support. All had a positive correlation at p-value < 0.05.

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