Table 3. Farmers’ perception of susceptibility of crops to termite damage and time of crop damage in eastern Zambia (source: Sileshi, unpublished data)

Crop Rating of crop as susceptible (%)a Rating of time of crop damage (% of respondentsb)
Continuous Dry spell
(rainy season)
Dry season Do not known Period of highest damage
Maize 100.0 (87) 2.1 88.4 8.4 1.1 Flowering onward (83.1%)
Groundnut 89.7 (78) 0 84.6 12.8 2.6 Flowering onward (82.1%)
Sunflower 27.6 (24) 0 70.8 29.2 0 Flowering onward (85.0%)
Cotton 26.4 (23) 4.4 95.6 0 0 Flowering onward (69.5%)
Soybean 21.8 (19) 10.5 73.7 15.8 0 Flowering onward (73.7%)
Beans 19.5 (17) 17.7 76.5 0 5.9 Flowering onward (65.7%)
Cassava 13.8 (12) 33.3 33.3 33.3 0 Maturity (41.7%)
Sugar cane 4.6 (4) 25.0 0 75.0 0 Throughout the year (100%)

aFigures in parentheses represent the total number of respondents
bThe % was calculated using the respective number of respondents for each crop (figures in parentheses in column 2)