Appiah-Kubi et al Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Vol. 5 (6), pp. 204-209, November 2015. ISSN: 2276-7770 Research Paper Manuscript Number: 082315120 (DOI http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2015.6.082315120) 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. Abstract 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. Return to Content View [Full Article – PDF] [Full Article – HTML] [Full Article – EPUB] Post-review Rundown View/get involved, click [Post-Review Page] References African Food Staples (2002). firstname.lastname@example.org. Assessed on 4th August, 2015. Asante SK, Mensah GWK, Wahaga E (2007). Farmers’ knowledge and perceptions of insect pests of yam (Dioscorea spp.) and their indigenous control practices in northern Ghana. Ghana J agric. Sci. 40: 185-192. Braimah H, Anchirinah VM, Adu-Mensah J (2007). Yam pests in the Ashanti and BrongAhafo regions of Ghana: A study of farmers’ indigenous technical knowledge and control practices. Ghana J agric. Sci. 40: 33-42. Cassava biz (2014). www.cassavabiz.org/production/proddocs/Disease%20control.pdf. Assessed on 4th August, 2015. Hesselberg J, Yaro JA (2006). An assessment of the extent and causes of food insecurity in northern Ghana using a livelihood vulnerability framework. GeoJournal Ibadan, Nigeria, p. 109. Kurt G (1984). Intercropping in Tropical Smallholder Agriculture with Special Reference to West Africa. GTZ, Germany, pp: 1-233. Moses E and Lamptey JNJ (2001). Report on Pest and Disease Surveillance survey for the dry season of 2001. RTIP/CRI Report.