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Table 2 Effect of educational level on knowledge of farmers about pesticides

From: Effect of education and health locus of control on safe use of pesticides: a cross sectional random study

Knowledge (correct answer) Correct answer Correct answer of total sample N=335 χ 2
  No school education N=204 School education N=131   
Pesticides have negative effect on health 72% 97% 82% 34.06**
All pesticides have same negative effects on health 15% 67% 35% 96.25**
Long term negative effects of pesticides 4% 30% 14% 41.79**
Symptoms of acute poisoning with pesticides 21% 44% 30% 19.17**
Eating, drinking and smoking in the field increased pesticide toxicity 22% 48% 32% 25.81**
Pesticides can be absorbed through skin 9% 61% 29% 105.21**
Higher concentration of pesticides leads to increase rate of poisoning 48% 91% 65% 64.04**
Re-entry of field following pesticide spraying 3% 9% 5% 6.06**
Wearing long sleeves and trousers during pesticide application 2% 9% 5% 9.09**
Pesticide can reach underground water 89% 100% 93% 15.12**
Total mean score 9.54 ± 2.2 14.20 ± 2.5** 11.36 ± 3.2 17.56**
  1. **p ≤ 0.05