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The purposes of this research were to study the perceptions of Kaentawan (Jerusalem artichoke) as a medical plant and to compare the knowledge and opinion about Kaentawan before and after promotion training of the cultivation of Kaentawan. The sample group of this study consists of 83 randomly selected
villagers, each representing one family by a random sampling technique, and the sample used to promotion training included 30 voluntary villagers. The instruments used in this study were a questionnaire about perceptions of Kaentawan plant, Knowledge questionnaire, an opinion questionnaire, promotion training manual for promoting cultivation of Kaentawan plant and brochure. The statistics used for data analysis were frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation and paired t-test. The results showed that most of locals did not know about Kaentawan plant. Also, the locals showed gains in knowledge and opinions about
cultivation of Kaentawan plant from before participations in the training session (P< 0.05).