Utilization of Organomineral Fertilizer among Farmers in Afijio Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria

Oladipo, F.O. ; Bolarin, O. ; Matanmi, B.M. ; Kareem, O.W. ; Ogunmola, R.O. (2009)

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The study examined the utilization of organomineral fertilizer among farmers in Afijio Local Government Area of Oyo State, Nigeria. A random sampling technique was used to select 120 farmers from 4 communities in the study area. Frequency counts, percentages, and chi-square were employed to analyze the data. The results of the study showed that majority (60.8%) of the farmers were male, 46.7% married and 33.33% were above thirty years of age. 51.6% were subsistence farmers with an annual income level of above N12,000.00. The study also indicated that 50.8% of the farmers were aware of organomineral fertilizer only for up to 2 years while 44.2% were not aware at all. Of the 120 farmers, 51.7% had contact with extension agents quarterly in a year out of which 30% had no formal education. The chisquare value showed a significant relationship (p<0.05) between age, gender, marital status, income level, farm size, educational level, farming experience of respondents and the level of use of organomineral fertilizer. It was therefore recommended that extension agents should increase their contact or visits to the farmers to create more awareness on the utilization of organomineral fertilizer. Also the government should assist in improving on the education of these farmers by introducing adult literacy programmes and giving the farmers enough access to farmland in order to increase their annual farm income .

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