The study was conducted to determine the effect of health education intervention on the knowledge, attitude and practices of farmers on the use of pesticides in Barangay Concepcion, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay. The respondents were all farmers from the said barangay whose ages ranged between 16 to 65 years old. All of them apply pesticide to rice crops as mode of pest control. Respondents were gathered by means of convenience sampling. Interviewer-administered questionnaires administered during the pre and post interventions were used to gather data. Checklists were also utilized to determine the actual practices of respondents in the field before and after the intervention. Paired T test was used to analyze knowledge and actual practices questions. Wilcoxon Signed Rank test analyzed results on attitude and theoretical practices. Results for knowledge revealed that mean score before the lecture was 21.45. This increased to 25.65 and 24.80 on the first and second post-interventions respectively at with p value of .000. On the third monitoring, mean score was at 23.57. Mean attitude score significantly increased from 5.37 to 6.50 after the lecture. On the third post survey, mean attitude regressed from 6.44 to 6.26 at p value of .008. These findings clearly revealed that respondents' knowledge and attitude significantly increased after the lecture. For the theoretical practices, an insignificant increase from 1.60 before the lecture to 1.63 ten days after it was given was noted at p value of .184. The same mean was noted during the second monitoring. On the third monitoring a significant decline with p value of .000 was observed as mean score regressed form 1.63 to 1.52. Actual practices of respondents was initially assessed at mean score of 8.25. After the intervention, it significantly increased to 14.30 at p value of 0.00. The mean scores for the second and third post interventions were 12.88 and 11.82 respectively with p value of .000. The results for theoretical practices have not shown much improvement as oppose to the actual practices which have dramatically changed and improved.
Determine the effect of health education intervention on the knowledge, attitude and practices of farmers on the use of pesticides in Barangay Concepcion, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay
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