Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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DETERMINANTS OF SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AMONG SMALL HOLDER CASSAVA FARMERS IN OYO STATE NIGERIA
Oyekunle Isaac Oyewo, Oyekunle Isaac Oyewo

Last modified: 2015-12-20

Abstract


Agricultural sustainability, food security and unsustainable land management practices has been a major problem among Nigerian farmers, the study embarked on the determinants of sustainable land management practices among small holder cassava farmers, Fuzzy logic method was used to compute the composite indicators of unsustainable land use (IULU) from selected farm level indicators and multiple regression analysis was employed to determine the farm specific and socio economic factors that influence crop outputs among 176 crop farmers. The results shows that the total (IULU) was 0.2761; Residue cover, wind or water erosion, land fallowing, compaction and rooting, use of pesticide and drainage / infiltration of water have the highest relative contribution to unsustainable land use management, while seed use intensity, labour use intensity, land use intensity, minimum tillage, profit per hectare contributes least to unsustainable land use management. Also estimated parameters with multiple regression show that farm size used, years of farming experience, age of farmers and income was positively significant at 1% except farm management experience which was negative but significant at 10%. R2 was 74% which explain the level of variation in the crop outputs as a result of the explanatory variables. The study recommends that informal training through extension services be conducted to educate farmers on SLM practices in order to have a better environment and improve productivity. Also, availability of credits for farm inputs and the provision of another source of water in form of irrigation instead of depending on rain fed agriculture.