Responsible Use of Crop Protection Products and Nigeria’s Growth Enhancement Support Scheme

Development in Practice, 29(4), pp. 448-463(April, 2019).

33 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2018 Last revised: 25 Apr 2019

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Joseph I. Uduji

University of Nigeria Enugu Campus

Elda N. Okolo-Obasi

Development Strategy Centre Nigeria

Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Date Written: November 1, 2018

Abstract

We examine the impact of the federal government of Nigeria’s (FGN) growth enhancement support scheme (GESS) on responsible use of crop protection products (CPPs) in rural Nigeria. Results from the use of logistic regressions show that GESS significantly impact on farmers’ access to CPPs, but does not significantly impact on farmers’ knowledge and skill of CPP application, and in several cases the misuse has led to deterioration of soil fertility. Findings suggests that embracing information on recommended CPPs, dose rates, dilutions, timing, frequency of applications and precautions should form the foundation of GESS activity attributable to CPPs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Keywords: Growth Enhancement Support Scheme; Crop Protection Products; Mobile Technology; Smallholder Farmers; Rural Nigeria

JEL Classification: Q10; Q14; L96; O40; O55

Suggested Citation

Uduji, Joseph I. and Okolo-Obasi, Elda N. and Asongu, Simplice, Responsible Use of Crop Protection Products and Nigeria’s Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (November 1, 2018). Development in Practice, 29(4), pp. 448-463(April, 2019).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3276816 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3276816

Joseph I. Uduji

University of Nigeria Enugu Campus ( email )

Department of Accountancy
Box 15540, Enugu
Enugu, NC Enugu 234
Nigeria

Elda N. Okolo-Obasi

Development Strategy Centre Nigeria ( email )

84Nza Street Independence Layout Enugu
Enugu, 400001
Nigeria
08063631111 (Phone)
400001 (Fax)

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

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