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Sustainable cocoa: a matter of taste?, Laven, Anna, and van der Kooij Susanne , Chocoa Conference 2014, 03/2014, Amsterdam, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
The Role of Education in Empowering Young Women in West-African Cocoa Communities - Poster presented at WCC 2014, , World Cocoa Conference 2014, 06/2014, Amsterdam, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Roadmap to Nutrition Secure Cocoa Supply Chains. Business Case for Nutrition Security., GAIN , World Cocoa Conference - Interactive Sessions, 06/2014, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
An Assessment of Investment in Technology in Cocoa Processing Industry in Nigeria, , Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development , 05/2014, Volume 5, Issue 10, Akure, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Cocoa Quality Index Proposal, .R, AraujoQ, and al FernandesC.A.F et , 05/2014, (2014) , (Practical Publication)

Fertilizer use among Cocoa Farmers in Ghana: The case of the Sefwi Wiawso District

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TitleFertilizer use among Cocoa Farmers in Ghana: The case of the Sefwi Wiawso District
Publication TypeJournal
AuthorsNunoo, Isaac, Frimpong Benedicta Nsiah, and Frimpong Frederick Kwabena
PublisherCouncil for Scientific and Industrial Research
Place PublishedKwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywords''cocoa'', ''Fertilizer'', ''Ghana Cocoa board'', ''Ghana'', ''Ordinary least square''
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This study analyses factors that influence fertilizer use among cocoa farmers in the Sefwi Wiawso District in the Western Region, Ghana. Primary data were obtained from 200 cocoa farmers in the district. Descriptive statistics and ordinary least square regression analysis were used to analyse data collected. The results revealed that majority of the cocoa farmers were males and are getting old. Also farm size and price of fertilizer were significant factors affecting fertilizer use among cocoa farmers in the Sefwi Wiawso District in the Western Region. Moreover 74.5 percent farmers do not use fertilizer whereas 25.5 percent use fertilizer on their cocoa farms. The study recommends that Ghana government should further subsidise the price of fertilizer to make fertilizer more affordable to small holder cocoa farmers and also adopt strategies that hedge against price risk. In addition, illiterate farmers should be encouraged to undergo adult literacy programmes. Rural development policies should think about the importance of improving small-scale farmers‟ access to credit market. Furthermore, the extension unit of the Ghana Cocoa board and Ministry of Agriculture should be strengthened to educate cocoa farmers more on fertilizer usage.

URLhttp://www.nepjol.info/index.php/IJE/article/view/9939/8123

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