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Osewa et al

Greener Journal of  Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (12), pp. 823-828, December 2013.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 060913822

 

Occupational Hazards and Safety Practices of Cocoa Farmers in Obokun Local Government of Osun State

 

*1Osewa S.O., 1O. Alamu, 2H.O. Okonkwo,

1I.S. Adetiloye  and 1Ajayi D.A.

 

1National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB),  P.M.B 5382 Moor-plantation, Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.

2Swamp Forest Research Institute of Nigeria, Onne, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria.

 

*Corresponding Author’s Email: sundayosewa @ yahoo.com


Abstract:

This study focused on the occupational hazards and safety practices of cocoa farmers in Obokun Local Government of Osun State. A well-structured questionnaire was used to obtain information from the study area. Five (5) villages were randomly selected because they are predominantly cocoa producing area in the state and twenty-four (24) respondents were selected from each village resulting to a total of One hundred and twenty respondents. Majority (80%) of the respondents’ falls between 36-65 years, 77.5% are male and married (78.5%). In addition, majority (50.8%) of the respondents preferred radio as their source of information and chemical toxicity/poisoning was the major hazards facing cocoa farmers in the state. Majority (87.5%) agreed that timing of farm operations is an important safety measure and inadequate capital as a severe constraint. The test of hypotheses revealed that there was no significant relationship between the personal characteristics (age, sex, marital status, religion, household size, primary and secondary occupations) and safety practices of cocoa farmers. In contrary, there was a significant relationship between the level of education of cocoa farmers and their safety practices. The correlation result showed that there was no significant relationship between the knowledge of cocoa farmers and their safety practices. It was recommended that extension agents should collaborate with ministry of health to educate cocoa farmers on safety measures to improve their health, production, standard of living and hence, good returns to the farmers.
 
Keywords: Occupational hazards, chemical toxicity, safety practices, knowledge.

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