Knowledge Level of Farmers on Agricultural Wastes Utilization in South West Nigeria


Authors : Akinmolafe, Abiodun Oladele; Akinnagbe, Oluwole Matthew

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 8 - August

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8310844

Abstract : Turning agricultural wastes into wealth is a major focus of every government, supporting the livelihood of millions of households in Nigeria. The study was carried out to determine the knowledge level of farmers on Agricultural Wastes utilization in South West Nigeria. The selected States were Ekiti, Ogun and Ondo. Multi-stage sampling techniques was used for the study to gather 260 farmers as the sample for the study.Interview schedule was used to elicit information on socio-economic characteristics of the respondents, available agricultural wastes in the study area and the knowledge level of the farmers. Data were analysed using, frequency distribution, percentage, mean and correlation analysis.were adjudged to be literate, the mean household size stood at 6 persons and mean income was ₦870,000.00. Some of the available agricultural wastes were cocoa pods, feathers, maize shafts, cassava peels etc. The knowledge level of farmers on agricultural wastes utilization was low. The results of correlation analysis revealed that there was significant relationship between knowledge level and agricultural wastes utilization. The study concluded that the knowledge level of the respondents on AW utilization was adjudged to be low and thereby recommends that Governmental agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders should sensitize farmers more on potentialities of Agricultural Wastes.

Keywords : Knowledge Level, Agricultural Wastes, Utilization.

Turning agricultural wastes into wealth is a major focus of every government, supporting the livelihood of millions of households in Nigeria. The study was carried out to determine the knowledge level of farmers on Agricultural Wastes utilization in South West Nigeria. The selected States were Ekiti, Ogun and Ondo. Multi-stage sampling techniques was used for the study to gather 260 farmers as the sample for the study.Interview schedule was used to elicit information on socio-economic characteristics of the respondents, available agricultural wastes in the study area and the knowledge level of the farmers. Data were analysed using, frequency distribution, percentage, mean and correlation analysis.were adjudged to be literate, the mean household size stood at 6 persons and mean income was ₦870,000.00. Some of the available agricultural wastes were cocoa pods, feathers, maize shafts, cassava peels etc. The knowledge level of farmers on agricultural wastes utilization was low. The results of correlation analysis revealed that there was significant relationship between knowledge level and agricultural wastes utilization. The study concluded that the knowledge level of the respondents on AW utilization was adjudged to be low and thereby recommends that Governmental agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders should sensitize farmers more on potentialities of Agricultural Wastes.

Keywords : Knowledge Level, Agricultural Wastes, Utilization.

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