Tobit Analysis of Acceptability of Natural Plant Products for Control of Crop Pests in Northern Nigeria.

AJAYI, F. A. AND RAHMAN, S. A.

ABSTRACT. This study was conducted to test the hypothesis that perceptions of attributes of phytochemicals significantly influence their adoption for crop pest control by farmers in northern Nigeria. Primary data were collected from 560 farmers across seven States in 2007 and subjected to analysis using Tobit model. The results showed that among farmers’ specific factors, farming experience (b=0.91) and pest problem (b=0.48) significantly (P=0.05) influenced acceptance of plant-derived insecticide. Among plant product attributes, effectiveness (b=0.46), safety (b=0.43), and cheapness (b=0.42) influenced acceptance. It implies that further research to improve these attributes will enhance acceptance and use intensity of plant products for pest control.

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