PAPER TITLE :SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF FARMERS LEVEL OF INVESTMENT IN CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN IKWERRE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA.

APPLIED TROPICAL AGRICULTURE | VOLUME 23 NUMBER 2 2018

Paper Details

  • Author(s) : 1Unaeze, H.C and Amadi, 2L. U.
  • Abstract:

This study examined the socio economic determinants of farmer's level of investment on climate change adaptation in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. A total of 60 farmers were sampled using a simple random sampling technique, simple descriptive statistics and multiple regression models were used for data analyses. Results show 36 years as the mean age of the respondents and their mean household size was 5persons while the number of years spent in schooling was 6 years among others. The study attested that the most adopted adaptation and mitigation strategies adopted by the respondents were the use of organic manures (15.49%), good cultural practices or operations (14.7%) andproper preservation of seeds. From the result of the multiple regression analysis, it was discovered that household size and annual income of the farmers were statistically significant in increasing the farmers' level of investment on climate change adaptation strategies. The major constraints encountered by the farmers in adapting to climate change are high cost of planting materials, poor government attention to the climate change issues and inadequate extension services. Government should design programmes that are capable of addressing the issue of climate change and adequately funds extension programs on adaptation to climate change. Key Words; Climate adaptation, level of investment, Nigeria.