Studies on the Status of Stored Grain Insect Pests of Major Cereal Crops in Sebeta Awas Woreda, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Cereals crops are mostly cultivate for the purpose of consumptions and commercial uses. Cereals crops also are cultivated for the industrial raw materials. The study insects pest and local community perception on their pest status in Sebeta Awas Woreda, Oromia Regional State was carried out from August 2018 to August 2019. The main objective of the current study is to investigate the status of stored grain insect pests of major cereals grown in the Sebeta Awas District. .A total numbers of 125 respondents were randomly selected for both quantities and qualitative data collection through questionnaires and interviewees. The data were analyzed by using simple descriptive statistical methods such as frequency and percentage. All the respondent background information and dominant cultivated crops were collected from each respondent. The majority of respondents were male and their main source of income was from crop cultivation Cereal crops such as Barely, Wheat, Sorghum, Teff and Maize were the dominantly cultivated crops in the study area. All respondents reported that they had pest problems. The major pests were insects, nematodes, rodents, birds and wild animals. The majority of respondents faced pest problems (insects). Cereals crops were most susceptible to damage by insect pests. Cereal crops such as Barely, Wheat, Sorghum, Teff and Maize were damaged after storage at the warehouse by different kinds of insects such as termites, lesser grain borer , warehouse moth and maize weevil. Thus proper controlling methods need to be used to reduce grain loss in storage due to insect’s pests. The most common methods used were application of pesticides, mechanical control, biological control, physical control cultural control and chemical control. Most respondents were able to use cultural and chemical control methods in the study area.



Agriculture, Cereal Crops, Pests, Perception, Respondents, Insects