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Probit Model Analysis Of Smallholder’S Farmers Decision To Use Agrochemical Inputs In Gwagwalada And Kuje Area Councils Of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria

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  • Alabi, Omotayo Olugbenga
  • Lawal, Alimi Folorunsho
  • Coker, Ayodeji Alexander
  • Awoyinka, Yisau Akanfe
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    This study examined Probit model analysis of smallholder’s farmers decision to use agrochemical inputs in Gwagwalada and Kuje Area Councils of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria. Primary data were used for this study. Data were obtained using structured questionnaire. The questionnaires were administered to sixty smallholder’s farmers sampled using a two-stage sampling technique. Data obtained were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Probit model. Eight estimators, age; farm-size; education–level; extension services; access to credit; off-farm income; experiences in farming; in the Probit model were found statistically significant. Results show that the probability of using agrochemical inputs increases with age; farm-size; family-size; education-level; extension services; experiences in farming but decreases where they have off-farm income and access to credits. Mc Fadden Pseudo-R2 gives 0.6866 and Probit model correctly classified 93%. This study concluded that capacity of agricultural extension agents needs to be improved in the study area to educate farmers to invest in agrochemicals and improved agricultural technologies. Also, Government needs to improve on good road networks and appropriate policies to regulate standard, use, safety needs and environment of use of agrochemicals in the study area.

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    Article provided by Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Department of Economics and Finance in its journal International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics (IJFAEC).

    Volume (Year): 2 (1)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:ijfaec:163712
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    1. Ephraim Chirwa, 2005. "Adoption of fertiliser and hybrid seeds by smallholder maize farmers in Southern Malawi," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(1), pages 1-12.
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