Limitations to Peri-urban Vegetable Farming in Ghana: An Overview of Root Knot Nematodes Contribution

Joseph Adomako, Kingsley Osei, Frederick Kankam, Yaw Danso


Root knot nematodes represent important pathogens affecting global crop production due to their wide host range. The attack of root knot nematode on various vegetable crops leads to delayed maturity, reduced yields and quality of crop produce, high costs of production and therefore loss of income. However, their damage in most cases is overlooked and goes unnoticed by majority of farmers because the damage presents symptoms of drought and nutrient stress conditions. The limited knowledge among farmers about the problems associated with root knot nematodes and the inadequate management measures for curtailing the menace presents a major hindrance for vegetable crops protection.  Management strategies should be applied in line with integrated pest management (IPM) practices to enhance adoption by farmers. Also, vegetable producers should be educated on the effects of root-knot nematodes.


Meloidogyne spp; Nematologist; Nematicides; Pest management; Plant parasitic nematodes.

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