Biological Control Branch Station

Establishment of farmer's operational evaluation criteria in the early stage of IPM introduction - taking Miaoli strawberry farmers as an example


Ching-Lan Huang1 , Chia-Yu Lin2 , Ling-Chu Li1 , Chih-Jen Lai3 , Pei-Che Chung3*

1 Taiwan Agricultural Science and Technology Resources Logistics Management Association

2 Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan

3 Miaoli District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan



    The concept of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has been introduced in Taiwan for many years. The Agricultural Research Institute/ Extension Station have also established management guides for various crops, and promoted IPM in recent years. However, it is in the early stage of introduction, the evaluation methods related to farmers' IPM operations have not yet been established. In this research, we investigated strawberry farmers who underwent consultation with Miaoli District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (MDAIS) in 2019. Combined the questionnaire with four aspects of IPM evaluation, including knowledge of pest identification, community organization, environmental benefits, economic benefits, and farmers' actual field management behavior for analysis. The results show that most farmers have a certain level of IPM knowledge, including knowledge of IPM projects, and are willing to try biological control strategies, but they still lack economic aspects such as cost and income records. In the effect of counseling, MDAIS has established trust with farmers, especially those under the age of 50, and most farmers will exchange information about pest management. It is recommended to continuously raising farmers to promote mutual learning among farmers, to strengthen the promotion of IPM. In general, the study shows that strawberry farmers who had undertook the survey have basic concepts of IPM, and we hope farmers of all ages could conduct well eventually by publicizing the benefits of IPM widely and simplifying cultivation management guides to make it easier to operate.


Keywords: strawberry, integrated pest management, operational evaluatio

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