EXPLORING THE SOCIO ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS INFLUENCING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SOIL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AMONG RICE FARMERS IN ABUJA

Author(s): Jegede Modupe E. , Idu Edwin E. and Ajah Julius
Volume/Issue: Volume 1 , Issue 1 (2021)

ABSTRACT:

The study examined the socio economic characteristics influencing the effectiveness of soil management practices among rice farmers in Abuja. The study was conducted in Gwagwadala, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Three objectives guided the study. The study adopted descriptive research design. Multistage sampling technique was employed to select the farming communities for the study. Twelve (12) agricultural wards (Chuwkuku, Gaube, Bamushin, kotunku, Pai, Dafa, Bako, Dobi, Paso, Chibiri, Gadabiu and Paikon) were randomly selected giving a total of thirty-six (36) agricultural wards. Five blocks were randomly picked from each of the agricultural wards making the total of 180. Lastly two (2) circles were randomly selected from each of the blocks resulting to three hundred and sixty (360) respondents who were randomly selected from the chosen circles. The results show that 58.06% of the respondents were male while 36.13% of the respondents were between the ages of 30 and 39years.. Also, 47.74% of them were married with 40% of the respondents having an average of 5 people in their households. 61.94 had at most a national certificate of education (NCE). Majority (44.84) of the respondent had a farm size of between half a hectare and two hectares. The result further revealed that with a weighted mean score of 2.53, the respondents agree with the assertion that location of the soil determines the effectiveness of management practices.

KEYWORDS:

Rice, Socio-Economics, Soil Management, Adoption, Agriculture