Awareness and adoption of IPM by Australian potato growers

P.A. HorneA, J.E. RaeB, A.P. HendersonB and R. Spooner-HartC

A IPM Technologies Pty. Ltd., PO Box 560, Hurstbridge, Victoria 3099, Australia.

B Institute for Horticultural Development, Agriculture Victoria, Private Bag 15, South Eastern Mail Centre, Victoria 3176, Australia.

C University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury, Locked Bag 1, Richmond, New South Wales 2753, Australia.


Over 2000 questionnaires were mailed directly to potato growers in six Australian States to survey awareness and adoption of integrated pest management (IPM); 671 replies were received and analysed. Awareness of IPM ranged between 35 and 60% of growers, with large differences between States and grower groups. Adoption was highest amongst crisping potato growers. The source of information on IPM appeared to influence the level of adoption. We suggest methods to effectively transfer information on IPM to potato growers and other farmers.


Plant Protection Quarterly (1999) 14 (4) 139-142.