In the Ifugao rice terraces (IRT), farmers consistently rank rats as their most important biotic constraint to rice crop production (Joshi et al 2000). However, these farmers’ sociodemographic characteristics and existing knowledge, attitudes, and practices on rat management are undocumented. Hence, prior to introducing the community-trap barrier system (C-TBS) in two Ifugao municipalities, Banaue and Hungduan, PhilRice and the towns’ local government units (LGUs) initiated a baseline survey in November 2002.
Thirty randomly selected respondents from the master lists of farmers in each of the two towns were surveyed using a structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed descriptively using frequencies, percentages, averages, and ranges. Multivariate and correlation analyses were also used to identify indicators associated with rat management.
The farmers’ average ages were 49 and 45 for Banaue and Hungduan, respectively. The majority were married and had an average of 24 years of rice farming experience.