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ECONOMICS OF ORGANIC SOLID WASTE UTILIZATION BY URBAN SMALL-SCALE TOMATOES FARMERS IN F.C.T. ABUJA, NIGERIA.

Abstract

 Economics of organic solid waste (O.S.W.) utilization by urban small-scale tomatoes farmers in F.C.T. Abuja, was aimed at solving the problems of waste disposal through it reuse in tomatoes farming. The major objectives were to describe the socio-economic characteristics of the small-scale tomatoes farmers in the study area, to examine the factors that affect urban tomatoes output and to identify the determinants of “willingness to pay” for organic solid waste in tomatoes farming. Other objectives were to estimate the gross margin resulting from the use of organic solid waste in tomatoes farming and to identify the constraints to organic solid waste use in tomatoes farming. Purposive sampling was used in selection of three urban areas (Gwagwalada, Karu and Kubwa) were tomatoes farming was predominantly practiced in F.C.T. Then, twenty tomatoes farmers were randomly selected from each of the three areas making a total sample size of 60. Data were collected by the use of structured questionnaire and interview schedule by a trained enumerator. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics, multiple regressions and contingency valuation via binary probit regression, gross margin and likert rating scale. The study revealed that majority of the respondents were between the age range of 21and 40 years (72%), they were mostly male (87%), married (80%) with primary occupation as farming (83%), most had 11 – 20 years of farming experience (47%). This implied that the respondents were in their active working age, experienced and literate farmers. The result of the linear regression had R2 of 0.7345, which implied that about 73.45% of the total variation in the output of tomatoes was caused by the specified variables. Farmers’ age, levels of education, labour input, land size and quantity of O.S.W. used, positively affect tomatoes output. It was found that the determinants of W.T.P. for O.S.W. were farm income, farming experience, yield, cost and available of O.S.W. Tomato farming with O.S.W was viable, with the gross margin per hectare of eighty one thousand, three hundred and fifty one naira. All the constraints analyzed were found to be ‘important’ constraints against the use of O.S.W. The study recommends increase use of organic waste in tomatoes farming as means of increasing yield, food quality and recycling of city organic wast

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Number of Pages78 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
ReferenceReference
QuestionnaireQuestionnaire
AppendixAppendix
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