Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2017, Page: 1-7
Gender Perception on the Health and Environmental Hazards of Pesticide Usage among Cocoa Farmers in Ekiti State, Nigeria
Olowoyo Olamide Ahmed, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile–Ife, Nigeria
Deji Olanike Fasilat, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile–Ife, Nigeria
Received: Sep. 19, 2016;       Accepted: Jan. 4, 2017;       Published: Jan. 20, 2017
DOI: 10.11648/j.jher.20170301.11      View  3302      Downloads  125
The study was conducted in Ekiti State, Nigeria among male and female cocoa farmers, to assess the gender differential in perception of the health and environmental hazards of pesticides usage. Multi stage purposive sampling technique was used to select 120 male cocoa farmers and 120 female cocoa farmers to make a total of 240 respondents for the study. Descriptive and inferential statistics was used to analyse the data. The result showed that male cocoa farmers, likewise female cocoa are vulnerable to health, (tearing and redness of eyes, body pain, headache) hazards, likewise they also indicated their experience of environmental (air pollution, pollute streams) hazards. About 64% Male and 54% female cocoa farmers had a positive perception of the health and environmental hazards of pesticides usage but there was a significant difference between male and female cocoa farmers perception of pesticides hazards. It was concluded that majority male as well as female cocoa farmers in Ekiti State were vulnerable to one pesticide hazards or the other. Adequate and frequent training was recommended for male and female cocoa farmers on pesticides hazards, at the same time less reliance on pesticides usage to reduce vulnerability to the hazards.
Pesticides Hazards, Gender Differential, Perception, Pest and Diseases, Cocoa Production
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Olowoyo Olamide Ahmed, Deji Olanike Fasilat, Gender Perception on the Health and Environmental Hazards of Pesticide Usage among Cocoa Farmers in Ekiti State, Nigeria, Journal of Health and Environmental Research. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2017, pp. 1-7. doi: 10.11648/j.jher.20170301.11
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