Socio Economic Factors Influencing the Management of Agro-Ecosystem among Farmers in Kano State, Nigeria

A.A. Idris and M. S. Suleiman

Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, Bayero University Kano, PMB 3011, Kano, Nigeria

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The study analysed the socioeconomic factors influencing the management of ecosystems among farmers in Kano State. A multi-stage sampling method was used to select 110 respondents from 3 LGAs and 9 wards in the study area. Primary data were collected using questionnaires and subjected to descriptive and inferential. The result revealed that the average age was 43 years, 95.45% were married with a mean household size of 11 people, and informal Quranic education (40.90%) was the dominant level of education. All the respondents were crop producers with an average of 23 years of experience. The types of issues that damaged the environment were floods (59.09%) and erosion (50.0%). The result further revealed that the farmers practiced crop rotation and organic farming in order to restore the fertility of the land. Age and years of experience significantly influence the use of ecosystem restoration practices by farmers. In conclusion, farmers adopted many practices that influenced the socioeconomic characteristics of their environment in order to have maximum output. It is therefore recommended that stakeholders develop and implement extension programmes that focus on promoting ecosystem restoration.