Unaeze and Kamalu Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 9(1), pp. 57-64, 2019 ISSN: 2276-7770 Copyright ©2019, the copyright of this article is retained by the author(s) DOI Link: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2019.1.010919009 http://gjournals.org/GJAS Determinants of farmers’ responses on Agrochemical Usage in Ikwerre local Government Area of Rivers state, Nigeria Unaeze, H.C.1 and Kamalu O.J.2 1. Department of Agricultural economics and extension, faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. 2. Department of Crop and Soil science, faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. ARTICLE INFO ABSTRACT Article No.: 010919009 Type: Research DOI: xxxxxxx This study examined farmers’ responses on agrochemical usage in Ikwerre local Government area of Rivers State, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling techniques were used in the selection of 49 respondents. The data obtained were analyzed with percentages and probit regression model. The result obtained revealed that the mean age of farmers was 34 years and their mean farming experience was (10 years) while (77.6%) attested that the effects of agrochemical usage on their farming activities were positive. The probit regression result ascertained that years in schooling (-0.036338), income status (-7.72E-06) and household size (-0.047561) were all statistically negative to respondents probability of responding to agrochemical usage. It was only years in farming (0.023442) and farm sizes (0.831243) that were statistically positive to respondents’ probability of responding to agrochemical usage. Lack of income to purchase agrochemicals coupled with minimal tillage due to soil type were their major problems. Also it was observed that the soil properties showed that the soils are inherently poor in fertility and therefore needs liberal application of fertilizers. Therefore extension agents should create awareness on the usage of fertilizers and agrochemicals input resources. Government should also assist farmers by granting credits to them. Submitted: 09/01/2019 Accepted: 11/01/2019 Published: 31/01/2019 *Corresponding Author Unaeze, H.C E-mail: henry.unaeze@ uniport.edu.ng Keywords: Farmers ‘responses, agrochemicals, usage, Ikwerre L.G.A. Return to Content View [Full Article – PDF] [Full Article – HTML] [Full Article – EPUB] Post-Publication Peer-review Rundown View/get involved, click [Peer-review] REFERENCES Adepetu J. A.; Obi O. and Aduayi E. A. (1979). Changes in Soil Fertility under Continuous Cultivation and Fertilization in South Western Nigeria. Nig. J. Agric. Sci. 1: 15 – 20. Croppensted, A, Demeke, M & Meschi, M, M. (2003).Technology Adoption in the presence of Constraints: The case of fertilizer Demand in Ethioipa. Review of Development Economics, 7, 58-70. Anselem, A. Enete, Ignatius, I., Madu, Josephat C., Mojekwu, Anthony N., Onyekuru, Elizabeth A., Onwubuya, &Fideis Eze (2011). Indigenous Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change: Study of South-east Nigeria. African Technology Policy Studies Network Research paper (6). Eap.mcgill.ca, (1989).An Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture. Ecoogical Agriculture Projects Macdonald College of McGill University.EAP publication 16. Enete, A.A. & A.I. Achike, (2008). Urban Agriculture and Urban Food Insecurity/Poverty in Nigeria: the case of Ohafia Southeast Nigeria. Outlook on Agriculture, 37(2): 131-134. Kamalu, O. J., Ugwa, I. K. and Omenihu, A. A. (2014). Survey, Classification and Suitability Evaluation of Akwete Soils for Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) Cultivation in Southeastern Nigeria. Acta Agronomica Nigeriana Vol. 14 No. 1 and 2. Kamalu O. J.; Titus J. G. and Udensi, E. U. 2016. Preliminary Investigation of the adaptation of some Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L) Genotypes in the Coastal Plain Sand of Niger Delta. Journal of Agriculture and Ecology International. ISSN: 2394-1073. Than, K. (2013).Organophosphates: A common but deadly Pesticide. National Geographic accessed on 09/01/2019https://news.nationalgeographic.com Cite this Article: Unaeze, HC; Kamalu, OJ (2019). Determinants of farmers’ responses on Agrochemical Usage in Ikwerre local Government Area of Rivers state, Nigeria. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences 9(1): 57-64, http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2019.1.010919009.