Analysis of organic farming practices amongst crop farmers in Delta State, Nigeria
The past decade has been characterized by public concern over nutrition, health and food safety issues. Consumers perceive high risk associated with the consumption of conventionally grown produce. Organic farming is beneficial because it is a source of healthy food and healthy living. The United Nations regards organic agriculture as an effective strategy for mitigating climate change and building robust soils. This study assessed use, challenges and strategies for improving organic farming practices. Delta State was selected from the six states that make up south south Nigeria. Multistage sampling technique was used to select one hundred and twenty farmers from the list of registered crop farmers with the Delta State Agricultural Development Programme. Only three organic farming practices are being used – animal manure, tillage, and organic fertilizer. Out of the twenty-one constraints outlined in the study, sixteen were acknowledged as constraints with mean scores of 2.50 and above. Five were considered as no constraints with mean scores below 2.50. Strategies for improving organic farming practices include but not limited to sensitization of consumers on the benefit of organic foods, the creation of a market for organic produce, etc.
Keywords: crop farmers, organic farming, health, organic produce, Nigeria
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