Adoption of Local Organic Resources for Soil Fertility Improvement in Crop Production: Ghana
Rich Kofituo1, Daniel Sarpong1, Godfred Ofosu-Budu2
1University of Ghana, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Ghana
The Organic Resource Management for the improvement of Soil Fertility (ORM4SOIL: www.orm4soil.net) Project funded by SDC and SNFS as part of the Swiss Program for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme) at the University of Ghana aims at improving soil fertility with concentration on adoption of local organic resources and cost-effective ways of improving soil fertility. This study sought to determine factors that influence intensity of adoption of local organic resources for soil fertility improvement in Ada West District of Ghana. Preliminary data were analysed using descriptive statistics, Tobit model, partial budget and break-even analysis and showed that about 88.7% of crop farmers use organic materials out of which 49.5% use animal dropping other than cow dung and 39.2% use matured cow dung only as their local organic resource. Looking at the two-main local organic resources, the intensity (scale of 0-1) of use of other animal manure is 0.43 and the intensity of use of matured cow dung is 0.65. The factors that influence intensity of adoption of matured cow dung or animal manure are their cost, access to credit by farmers, educational level of farmers, farmers membership of farmer ased organisations and farmers ownership of their lands.
Keywords: Adoption, crop farmers, Ghana, local organic resources, soil fertility improvement
Contact Address: Rich Kofituo, University of Ghana, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, University of Ghana Main Campus, Accra, Ghana, e-mail: kofikofituogmail.com