Assessment of the environment-related problems and prospects of vegetable production in Peri - urban areas of Lagos State, Nigeria
AbstractThe study attempted to assess the environment-related problems and prospects of vegetable production in peri – urban areas of Lagos state, Nigeria. A total of one hundred and twenty (120) farmers were interviewed. Data collected were analyzed using frequency, percentages and Pearson Product Moment Correlation coefficient. Frequency distribution show that majority of the respondents were within the ages of 36 – 55 years (75%); about 87.50 percent are literate, 71.67 percent of them are members of groups, while 91.67 percent of the farmers sampled favoured the suitability of the alluvial soil high in organic manure in the vegetable production. The hypotheses testing show that age does not have significant relationship with vegetable production while household size, farming experience and farm size do have significant relationship with vegetable production. Education and vegetable production were negatively significant but related. Sequel to the findings of the study, it is recommended that government should give serious considerations to the promotion of this business enterprise and necessary incentive should be made available to encourage the farmers to practice vegetable production.
Keywords: assessment, problems, prospects, vegetable production and peri – urban areas
Journal of Environmental Extension Vol 5 2005: 18-24