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Farmer's perception of sustainable alternatives to the use of chemical fertilizers to enhance crop yield in Bauchi state Nigeria

Authors(3) :-Gizaki L. J., Alege A. A., Iwuchukwu J. C.

The study was undertaken to examine the perception of farmers on the sustainable alternatives to the use of chemical fertilizers to enhance crop yield in Bauchi state. Data were collected from 900 crop farmers spread across the three agricultural zones through the use of structured interview schedule. Multistage random sampling technique was used in selecting respondents. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistical techniques and correlation analysis. The findings showed that majority of the respondents were male (92%), aged less than 50 years (76%) and earn less that N500, 000 per annum (68%). Also, majority (84%) of the respondents were not aware of the detrimental effects of chemical fertilizers. The correlation between awareness and practice of sustainable alternatives such as planting of nitrogen fixing legumes (0.474**), use of crop rotation (-0.309**) and conservation tillage -0.149**) were positive. While leaving of crop residues (-0.011), fallowing (-0.131) and permaculture (-0.005) had negative values. It is therefore recommended that Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme should within the limited resources available to it step up sensitization and enlightenment of farmers in the state on the harmful effects of chemical fertilizers and the need to replace them with sustainable alternatives. It can achieve this through local radio and television programs, demonstration and village enlightenment campaigns.
Gizaki L. J., Alege A. A., Iwuchukwu J. C.
Key words: Farmers, perception, chemical fertilizer, Bauchi state
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Publication Details
  Published in : Volume 1 | Issue 5 | November-December 2015
  Date of Publication : 2015-12-30
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 242-250
Manuscript Number : IJSRST151541
Publisher : Technoscience Academy
PRINT ISSN : 2395-6011
ONLINE ISSN : 2395-602X
Cite This Article :
Gizaki L. J., Alege A. A., Iwuchukwu J. C., "Farmer's perception of sustainable alternatives to the use of chemical fertilizers to enhance crop yield in Bauchi state Nigeria", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 1, Issue 5, pp.242-250, November-December-2015
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