African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6668

Full Length Research Paper

Analysis of the determinants of adoption of bio-herbicide technology for sustainable food production in the North-Eastern Region of Nigeria

Adewuyi K. A.
  • Adewuyi K. A.
  • Department of Agricultural Technology, School of Agriculture, Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Nigeria.
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Offar G.
  • Offar G.
  • Department of Agricultural Technology, School of Agriculture, Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 21 September 2021
  •  Accepted: 11 November 2021
  •  Published: 30 June 2022

Abstract

There is a growing concern in many developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa on the harmful effects of synthetic herbicide usage on the agro-ecology, as well as food crop production. Therefore, this study focused on analyzing the factors that influence the adoption of bio-herbicide technology as an alternative to the chemical herbicides used by rural farmers in the North-Eastern region of Nigeria. Multi-stage random sampling technique was used to select 330 small-holder farmers in the study area using structured questionnaires. The data obtained were analyzed using Probit Regression Model. The results of Probit Regression identified the farmers’ age, educational status, farm-size, access to extension services, farming experience, and membership in cooperative society as the factors which influenced adoption of the bio-herbicide technology by farmers in the study area. It was recommended that an awareness campaign on the new bio-herbicide technology among farmers in the area should be intensified. The farmers’ access to education and extension services should be improved to enhance adoption of bio-herbicides technology which will impact significantly on the food production in the area. Also, farmers should be encouraged to be part of cooperative societies as a way to improving the adoption of Bio-herbicides for increased productivity.

Key words: Adoption, bio-herbicides, sustainable, food, Probit Model.