MENDING THE CHASM OF WEED CONTROL: ADAPTATION OF HERBICIDE APPLICATION ON RAIN-FED RICE PRODUCTION
Traditional weed control measures were time consuming, labour-intensive and generally expensive, alternatively herbicide weed control results in high yield and generate more income to rice farmers, its adoption is in the increase in Europe, Asia and some parts of Africa. This research examine the adoption of use of chemical as a means of weed control practice in rice production, against the traditional manual/mechanical weeding in Kano south senatorial district. Data were collected using structured questionnaire administered to 400 rain fed rice farmers randomly selected across Gaya, Takai, Wudil, Rano and Karaye Local Government Areas in the senatorial district. Analysis of data revealed that 48% of the farmers have no formal education, rain-fed rice production enterprises was dominated by men 63.25% in the study area. Majority of the respondents (38.50%) earned between â‚¦301,000 to â‚¦500,000, the gross margin analysis indicated that respondents realized â‚¦4,305.47k as net income per person per day. It is therefore recommended that Kano state government through KNARDA extension agents give seasonal training on herbicide application, evaluated the commonly available herbicides in the market and encourage use of safety wears during application.
Authors : Yakubu, M.B., Abubakar, H.F. and Dadiri, M.B.
Category : Open Access Volume (Issue) : 8(2) Date Uploaded : 28th January 2023