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Utilization Pattern of Pesticides by Nigerian Farm Households

Augustine J. Udoh and Comfort E. Umoh


A study on pesticide utilization and training needs for Nigerian farm households was conducted in Akwa Ibom State. Two hundred and seventy two randomly selected farmers from a population of 14,640 took part in the study. Questionnaire was used to collect data from the respondents. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data. The study reveals that the level of adherence to correct utilization of pesticides is significantly dependent on its determinant socioeconomic characteristics, knowledge level, information communication source and constraints. Besides, 34.2% and 32.8% respondents often and always respectively purchase pesticides from AKADEP, which is an authentic source. The study further reveals that some banned pesticides are still found in circulation and used by farmers. Training of farmers on pesticide use is necessary especially in handling of pesticides by respondents during and after utilization

Keyword: Pesticide; Utilization; T

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