The Role of Farmers’ Indigenous Knowledge in Integrated Termites Management Strategies: A Case of Nedjo District, West Wellega, Ethiopia

Abstract

This research looks at the role of Farmers’ Indigenous Knowledge (FIK) in integrated termite management strategies in Nedjo district, West wellega, Ethiopia. The study aims to document and better understand indigenous farmers’ knowledge and experiences on termite infestation and its controlling methods. The study employed a research strategy using both desk and case studies for primary data and secondary data. The data was collected through individual interviews, key informant interview, FGD, PRA and observation. The semi-structured interview guide, topic lists and PRA tools were used to collect the primary data. The collected data was grouped, summarised, discussed and interpreted by theme qualitatively. The main causes of termite infestation were said to be deforestation, overgrazing and inappropriate soil and water conservation practices. Farmers mentioned that the severity of termite infestation became more serious as a result of land degradation and increased soil acidity. The study also found that farmers were able to identify susceptible and resistant crops, trees, herbs and grasses. Most susceptible crops to termite damage are maize, teff, and hot pepper. Sorghum, finger millet, and haricot bean were mentioned to relatively resistant to termites as compared to maize, teff, and hot pepper. The study concludes that Integrated termite management strategies should focus on rehabilitating the degraded land while the strategies should create income for farmers.

Keywords: Ethiopia, Indigenous knowledge, Nedjo, Termites, integrated termite management


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