This study analyzed the quality and accessibility of
agrochemicals as perceived by crop farmers in Kaduna and
Ondo States of Nigeria. A total of 260 crop farmers were
selected for the study using multi-stage sampling procedure.
Data were collected using pre-tested, structured interview
schedule. Descriptive statistics and multiple regression were
used for data analysis. Findings revealed that the majority
(62.7%) of the crop farmers perceived the quality of
agrochemical to be poor or just average. Similarly, many
(43.5%) perceived agrochemical as accessible. Farmers’
perception of quality of agrochemical was strongly influenced by
level of education (0.059) and experience (0.015) among others.
On the other hand, perception of accessibility of agrochemical is
influenced by education (0.064) and income (0.012) among
others. Major constraints to accessing quality agrochemicals
were inadequate enforcement of pesticide regulations, high cost,
and porous borders. This study therefore, recommends that
government should device policy and special financial incentive
(subsidy) geared towards boosting local production of
agrochemical. It is also advocated that government should
review pesticide laws to facilitate the effective supervision of
pesticide quality in Nigeria.
Key words: Agrochemical, farmers’ perception, agricultural inputs