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Sustainable Agricultural Practices and Its Determinants in South-East Nigeria

J. U. Mgbada 1, D. O. Ohajianya 2, and E. C. Nzeh 2
1. Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Enugu State University of Science & Technology, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria
2. Department of Agricultural Economics, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
Abstract—This study evaluated sustainable agricultural practices and its determinants in South-East Nigeria. Data were collected with structured questionnaire from 180 randomly selected cassava-based farmers. Data bothering on the farmers’ socioeconomic characteristics, the type, quantity, price and sources of inputs used and output produced were collected. These were analyzed with the use of descriptive statistical tools, sustainable agriculture practice index and multiple regression techniques. Results showed that farmers mean age, level of education, farming experience, farm size, and extension contact were 50.6 years, 9.4 years, 19.8 years, 0.83 hectare, and 0.78 visit respectively. The mean sustainable agriculture practice level of farmers was 0.43 indicating unsustainable agriculture practices among the farmers. There is need to improve on the sustainable agriculture practice level of farmers in South-East Nigeria through extension education so as to achieve food security and conserve the resource base.
Index Terms—sustainable, agriculture, determinants, south-east

Cite: J. U. Mgbada, D. O. Ohajianya, and E. C. Nzeh, "Sustainable Agricultural Practices and Its Determinants in South-East Nigeria," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 170-174, September 2016. Doi: 10.18178/joaat.3.3.170-174
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