Horticultural Studies (HortiS) 2017, Vol 34, Num, 1     (Pages: 51-60)

Plant protection practices of the potato farmers in Nevşehir province

Oktay ERDOĞAN 1 ,Osman GÖKDOĞAN 1

1 Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli Üniversitesi Mühendislik-Mimarlık Fakültesi Biyosistem Mühendisliği Bölümü, Nevşehir DOI : 10.16882/derim.2017.305448 Viewed : 1945 - Downloaded : 1046 This study was carried out in order to determine the plant protection practices applied by potato producers in Nevşehir province. For this purpose, a survey consisting of 20 questions and based on proportional sampling method was conducted with 189 farmers from a total of 27 villages, randomly selected 9 villages from each of Merkez, Derinkuyu and Ürgüp districts in 2016. As a result of the research, it was determined that the education levels of farmers were low, most of them didn`t have non-agricultural income and their income was at level of hunger. The farmers expressed that they receive support from pesticide dealers in selecting pesticides and determining the dose of pesticide, price is an important factor when selecting the pesticide, they are spraying without seeing diseases and insects, they are applying overdose, pesticides don`t leave any residues on the product, they are observing the waiting period, they aren`t using any protective clothing or mask during spraying, they are mixing the pesticides, they are burning the empty pesticide boxes and burying in the soil, they are cleaning the spraying tank after spraying, preferring cultural control other than chemical control and do not know the concept of biopesticide. Keywords : Plant protection practices, Farmer, Nevşehir, Potato