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This is the comparative study on 217 trained and 159 untrained farmers’ media exposure, knowledge, attitude and practice of integrated pest control in Surveillance Area (SEWS) of 5 districts in Chai Nat Province. The main purpose of this study is to use the findings as the baseline data for defining appropriate scope of knowledgeable content relating to pest control and guidelines for planning effective communication module that can reach farmers. The findings are as follows:
1. Both trained and untrained farmers had low degree of media exposure and cosmopolitans. Most farmers received general information mostly from radio, television and newspaper orderly. The interpersonal media was more significant source of information on pest control than mass media. The most desired source of pest control information is the Plant Protection Service Unit (PPSU).
2. Trained farmers had higher socio-economic status, as well as more correct knowledge, attitude, and practice in pest control and pesticide safe use than did the untrained farmers.
3. Both trained and untrained farmers had low knowledge on natural enemies and economic threshold. Most of them could not name correctly the chemicals for certain pests and did not quite perceive the hazardous effects of chemicals to environment and natural enemies.
4. Both groups of farmers did not believe in the #efficiency of natural enemies but did so in using chemicals as the most effective means of pest control.
5. Participation in pest control training was a significant factor related with #knowledge, attitude and practice of pest control and use of chemicals. Besides, farmers who had correct knowledge on and attitude toward SEWS programmed would also have correct knowledge on and attitude toward pesticides.
6. By using Stepwise Multiple Regression Analysis, it was found that attitude and knowledge were #influential factors supporting the practice of integrated #PestControl and the safe use of pesticides.