Control of invasive Liriomyza leafminer species and compliance with food safety standards by small scale snow pea farmers in Kenya
1. Kenyan horticultural industry faced new pests being Liriomyza huidobrensis (leaf miners) hurting the economic importance. The paper outlines the farmers' awareness of the pests and diffuculties facing and controlling them.
a. Questionnaire survey showed that snow pea farmers in kenya rely on pesticides for control of suck insects. (Weinberger and Lumpkin, 2007, Ekesi, 2010)
b. Snow pea farmers signed contracts with exporters abd whose production practices with GlobalGAP to contraol them using more stratergies.
c. The findings imply that pest status of Liriomyza leafminers is liely to increase and snow pea production will decrease in central areas of Kenya.
This all can be prevented if they use a intergrated leafminer management strategy and farmers are educated on methods of identifying them in their early stages of attack and use of appropriate chemicals and methods. Although, this is leading to the effect on business.
2. A new threat of invasion with pests are affecting the fresh produce export business. Slowly they are affecting the vegetable production and fresh produce export businesses due to the amount of pests around Kenya.
a. Three species are attacking a variety of crops of commercial value including snow peas. (HDCA, 2009)
b. The study is then focused on the small scale farmenrs growing snow peas for export at the market where they have devolped control strategies against leafminer pests however, must be in compliancewith the pesticide that as restrictions from GlobalGAP.
c. The present study examines the current level of Liriomyza leafminers awareness and control strategies being employed by Kenyan snow pea farmers against the pests.
The objectives of this study is to analyze farmers awareness about Liriomyza leafminer infesations and assess their current status at the farm level to analyze leafminer control stratgies used by snow peas farmers and examine factors affecting the choice of control statergie in snow peas production systems.