Farmers’ Perception of the Quality and Accessibility of Agrochemicals in Kaduna and Ondo States of Nigeria: Implications for Policy

Abstract

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

 

Advertisements
First blog post

First blog post

This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.