Unaeze and Kamalu
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences
Vol. 9(1), pp. 57-64, 2019
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Determinants of farmers’ responses on Agrochemical Usage in Ikwerre local Government Area of Rivers state, Nigeria
Unaeze, H.C.1 and Kamalu O.J.2
1. Department of Agricultural economics and extension, faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
2. Department of Crop and Soil science, faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Article No.: 010919009
This study examined farmers’ responses on agrochemical usage in Ikwerre local Government area of Rivers State, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling techniques were used in the selection of 49 respondents. The data obtained were analyzed with percentages and probit regression model. The result obtained revealed that the mean age of farmers was 34 years and their mean farming experience was (10 years) while (77.6%) attested that the effects of agrochemical usage on their farming activities were positive. The probit regression result ascertained that years in schooling (-0.036338), income status (-7.72E-06) and household size (-0.047561) were all statistically negative to respondents probability of responding to agrochemical usage. It was only years in farming (0.023442) and farm sizes (0.831243) that were statistically positive to respondents’ probability of responding to agrochemical usage. Lack of income to purchase agrochemicals coupled with minimal tillage due to soil type were their major problems. Also it was observed that the soil properties showed that the soils are inherently poor in fertility and therefore needs liberal application of fertilizers. Therefore extension agents should create awareness on the usage of fertilizers and agrochemicals input resources. Government should also assist farmers by granting credits to them.
E-mail: henry.unaeze@ uniport.edu.ng
Farmers ‘responses, agrochemicals, usage, Ikwerre L.G.A.
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Cite this Article: Unaeze, HC; Kamalu, OJ (2019). Determinants of farmers’ responses on Agrochemical Usage in Ikwerre local Government Area of Rivers state, Nigeria. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences 9(1): 57-64, http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2019.1.010919009.
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