PAPER TITLE :SOCIAL CAPITAL DIMENSIONS AND INTENSITY OF FERTILIZER USAGE AMONG FARMING HOUSEHOLDS IN KOGI STATE, NIGERIA

APPLIED TROPICAL AGRICULTURE | VOLUME 23 NUMBER 1 2018

Paper Details

  • Author(s) : Ayanlere, A. F, Omotesho, O. A. and Muhammad-Lawal, A.
  • Abstract:

 The role of fertilizer in the sustenance of agricultural productivity growth in many developing countries is enormous. In spite of this, level of fertilizer usage in small-scale agricultural production in Nigeria is generally low. This can however be improved upon through enhanced access to social capital. Therefore, this study examined the influence of social capital dimensions on intensity of fertilizer usage among small scale farming households in Kogi State, Nigeria. A multistage sampling procedure was employed in the selection of 352 farming households. Primary data were collected between February 2014 and March 2015 through the use of structured interview schedule. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Tobit regression model. The result of the Tobit regression model revealed mean age of the household heads to be 51.20 + 9.49 years and about 83% had one form of education or the other. The mean heterogeneity index and decision-making index were 42.67% and 64.90% respectively. The result of the Tobit regression model revealed that intensity of fertilizer usage increases with increased social capital indices such as heterogeneity index and decision-making index (p< 0.05). The study recommends that farmers should be enlightened and given proper orientation by extension agents on proper application of fertilizer.   
Key words: descriptive statistics, fertilizer usage, Kogi State, Social capital, Tobit regression