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Trends in Agricultural Economics
  Year: 2015 | Volume: 8 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 1-12
DOI: 10.3923/tae.2015.1.12
 
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Willingness-to-Pay for Agronomic Soil Conservation Practices among Crop-based Farmers in Ekiti State, Nigeria

T.A. Amusa, A.A. Enete and U.E. Okon

Abstract:
This study investigated the determinants of willingness-to-pay for agronomic soil conservation practices among crop-based farmers in Ekiti State, Nigeria. Multi-stage random sampling technique was employed to select 90 crop-based farmers from six communities across the three agricultural zones in the State. Data were collected with the used of structured questionnaire. The data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics, binary probit model and factor analysis. The results obtained from the analyses showed that the effects of soil degradation on agricultural production in the area include: Pollution, limited space for agricultural production, erosion, deteriorated environmental quality and reduced soil nutrients among others. The socio-economic attributes of the farmers that significantly influenced their willingness-to-pay for agronomic soil conservation measures include: age (p<0.05), education (p<0.01), farming experience (p<0.05), farm size (p<0.01) and household size (p<0.05). The factor constraints undermining effective application of agronomic soil conservation measures by crop-based farmers were inputs, finance, institutional challenge and environmental factor. Based on these findings, the study recommended socio-economic capacity building of crop-based farmers in effective application of agronomic soil conservation measures, provision of required infrastructural facilities, education and institutional supports to the farmers for sustained food production through sustainable and environmental friendly soil conservation measures.
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T.A. Amusa, A.A. Enete and U.E. Okon, 2015. Willingness-to-Pay for Agronomic Soil Conservation Practices among Crop-based Farmers in Ekiti State, Nigeria. Trends in Agricultural Economics, 8: 1-12.

DOI: 10.3923/tae.2015.1.12

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=tae.2015.1.12

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