Appiah-Kubi et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Vol. 5 (6), pp. 204-209, November 2015.
Manuscript Number: 082315120
Farmers Knowledge of Anthracnose Disease of Cassava and Yam in Four Ecological Zones in Ghana
1Appiah-Kubi, Z., 2Apetorgbor, A. K., 1Moses, E., 1
and Appiah-Kubi, D.
1CSIR-Crops Research Institute, P. O. Box 3785, Kumasi, Ghana.
2Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana.
During surveys on anthracnose disease of cassava and yam, farmers were interviewed through questionnaire to seek their knowledge of the disease in four ecological zones in Ghana (Forest, Transition, Guinea Savannah and Coastal Savannah). Results analysed indicated that over 61% of the yam farmers and 79% of cassava farmers have good knowledge of anthracnose diseases. The farmers were aware that the disease occur on the leaves and stems of cassava and also on the leaves and vines of yam. More than 50% of the farmers said that wet seasons are the period where the disease spread most. In all the ecological zones, more than 55% of the farmers indicated that the disease has negative effect on their produce yet more than 60% of the farmers did not have any idea as to the causes of the disease and do not undertake any control method to manage the disease. The work has revealed that farmers may know about diseases due to long periods of farming, their knowledge on the causes and control of cassava and yam anthracnose disease is inadequate and therefore need more education.
Key words: Anthracnose, Cassava, Yam, Control method.
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