RESOURCE USE EFFICIENCY IN SESAME (Sesamum indicum L.) PRODUCTION UNDER ORGANIC AND INORGANIC FERTILIZERS APPLICATIONS IN KEANA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF NASARAWA STATE, NIGERIA
Umar, H. S.; Okoye, C. U. and Mamman, B. D.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
The study examined resource use efficiency in Sesame Production under organic and inorganic fertilizers applications in Keana Local Government Area, Nasarawa State. Multi-stage random sampling was used in selecting 48 organic and 48 inorganic fertilizers users. Data were collected through structured questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive statistics, coefficient of variation, production function and gross margin analysis. Results show that inputs were used not based on recommended rates by both categories of farmers. On the average, farmers that applied inorganic fertilizer earned higher income than those who applied organic fertilizer. Resources were used at suboptimal levels under the two technologies. Therefore, it was recommended among others that extension agents should incorporate sesame farmers into their extension service so that they will be guided on the recommended quantity of inputs to be used and be encouraged to substitute high cost inorganic fertilizer for low cost organic fertilizer, applied at recommended quantity to ensure higher yield.