Determinants of Crop Farmers Adoption of Soil Conservation Techniques: A Case Study In Ikenne Local Government, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Determinants of Crop Farmers Adoption of Soil Conservation Techniques: A Case Study In Ikenne Local Government, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Author by Dr. Olufunso Akinboye

Journal/Publisher: Journal Of Research In Agriculture And Animal Science

Volume/Edition: 3

Language: English

Pages: 7 - 13

Abstract

Soil conservation is a set of management strategies for prevention of soil being eroded from the
earth’s surface or becoming chemically altered by overuse, salinization acidification, or other chemical soil
contamination. Soil conservation technique is the application of processes to the solution of soil management
problems. This research assessed the level of crop farmers’ awareness of soil conservation, described the socioeconomic
characteristics of the crop farmers, and evaluated factors that determine or influence their adoption of
soil conservation techniques in Ikenne local government area of Ogun State. One hundred (100) crop farmers
were selected randomly for the research study but out of all the 100 questionnaires administered, only 97 were
found useful for analysis. The demographic data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics, while the
logit regression model was used to evaluate the factors determining crop farmers’ adoption of soil conservation
techniques. The descriptive analysis result showed that 61.9% of the respondents had farming as their major
occupation, 87.6% had farmlands of their own, 38.1?longed to farmers’ groups/associations, and 71.1%
were aware of soil conservation techniques. On the other hand, the logit result showed that age, ownership of
farmland, farm size, and awareness of soil conservation were significantly associated with the adoption of soil
conservation techniques at 1% level of significance (P < 0> adoption of soil conservation techniques at 10% level of significance (P < 0> it is recommended that better educational services should be provided to guide and educate the younger
generation of crop farmers to increase their awareness and interest to soil conservation techniques in the study
area, as this has a significant effect on crop productivity. Also, the government should ensure the participation
of crop farmers in groups/associations to enhance their awareness to soil conservation methods, thereby
encouraging better soil management practices.


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