Vegetable Grower’S Knowledge Levels Regarding Some Sustainable Agriculture Practices: A Case Study in Taleeyaa District, Babylon Province, Iraq

Bassim H. Kshash

Abstract


Sustainable agriculture is an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long-term, satisfy human food and fiber needs; enhance the environmental quality and natural resources base upon which the agriculture economy depends. The final decision of farmers to applying the style of sustainable agriculture based on their knowledge with its experiences and practices. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the level of Vegetable growers' knowledge with some sustainable agriculture experiences and practices.The study was conducted in Babylon Province of Iraq , from district namely Taleeyaa. A sample consisting of 180 respondents was selected through random sampling. A survey method through face-to-face interview by using structured questionnaire was used to collect data. The findings of the study showed that Majority of the respondents (48.9%) were observed in low category of knowledge followed by medium (31.7%) and (20%) high levels of knowledge, respectively. The study recommends that more efforts should be taken by agricultural extension agents to further improve farmers’ knowledge regarding sustainable agriculture.


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