Determinants to Climate change and how the farmers in Ivo L.G.A
respond to such climate variabilities formed the bedrock of this
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DETERMINANTS TO CLIMATE CHANGE – ADAPTATION MEASURES AMONG IVO RURAL FARMERS
The study assessed the determinants of rural farmers choice of
adaptation measures against climate change Effects in Ivo L.G.A of
Ebonyi State. A sample size of 120 farmers were selected for the study through random multi-stage sampling technique using a well-structured questionnaire and interview schedule. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.
The result showed that majority (69.2 percent) of the respondents were male, 47.5 percent of the respondents fall within the age bracket of 31-40 years, 65.8 percent were married and 36.7 percent had household size between 7-9 persons. Majority (38.3 percent) of the respondents, had no formal education, while 35.8 percent had farm size between 2.1-2.5 hectares.
Furthermore, 51.7 percent of the respondents had annual income between N70,000- N100,000. The study identified High sunshine intensity and Increased temperature as the major manifestations of Climate Change in the Study area, whereas Cost of adaptation and access to extension agents were the major determinants of Farmers’ choice of Climate change Adaptation measures. The coefficient of multiple determinations, R2 of 79.8% from the multiple regression analysis showed that 79.8% change in the choice of Climate change adaptation measures was explained by the socio-economic characteristics of the rural farmers.
It was also observed that most of the independent variables were positively signed and statistically significant. One null hypothesis tested was rejected at 5% level of significance. The major constraints hindering rural farmers from the adoption of Climate change adaptation measures were; High cost of adaptation, (0.835), Poor access to information (0.815) and Inefficient marketing (0.741).
Based on the findings, the study therefore recommended among others that Government and its ministry of Agriculture should provide infrastructures like irrigation systems that will provide water for farming especially during drought periods, provision of Agricultural inputs at subsidized rate and Extension agents should ensure that they perform their duty of inseminating information to farmers in order to encourage farmers to adopt Climate change adaptation measures.
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