Analysis of Cowpea Farmers’ Awareness on Pesticide Usage and Safety Measures in Magumeri Local Government Area, Borno State, Nigeria
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Keywords

Cowpea farmers
Awareness
Pesticide usage
Safety measure

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Shehu, H., Mohammed, F. A., & Mohammed, R. M. (2021). Analysis of Cowpea Farmers’ Awareness on Pesticide Usage and Safety Measures in Magumeri Local Government Area, Borno State, Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Economics, Environment and Social Sciences, 7(2), 32-42. Retrieved from http://jaeess.com.ng/index.php/jaeess/article/view/106

Abstract

The study analysed the awareness of cowpea farmers on pesticide use and safety measures in
Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigeria. A total of 86 cowpea farmers were
selected for the study using a multi-stage sampling procedure. Data were collected using a
structured questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were used for data analysis. Findings from the
study revealed that majority (74.4%) of the respondents do not read instructions on the pesticide
label before applying to their cowpea farm. The least (27.3%) who read, do not comprehend the
information on the label. About 34% of the respondents neither contact extension officers nor
others for clarification and usage. The results further revealed that majority (81.4%) of the
respondents were not aware of the negative impacts on human’s health, 90.7% of the respondents
were also not aware of the effects of excessive usage on agricultural produce and 74.4% of the
respondents were not aware either of the effect of the pesticides on land and the environment.
About 49.0% of the respondents adopted no protective measures, 59.2% of respondents do not
take bath after pesticide application. The findings further revealed that majority (82.6%) do not
read the producer guide before pesticide application. The study deduced that majority of the
cowpea farmers lack awareness on pesticides toxicity, application procedure and good
management practice. The study therefore recommends that farmers should be educated and be
encouraged to comply with precautions regarding pesticides usage and safety measures when
handling pesticides for sustainable land use and productivity.

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