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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 4)
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Factors Affecting the Adoption of the Re-Usable Plastic Vegetable Crate in Three Local Government Areas of Kano State, Nigeria

A. Adegbola, E.I. Bamishaiye and F. Olayemi
Corresponding Author:  Bamishaiye Eunice 

Key words:  Farmers, fruits, merchants, non-use, vegetables, ,
Vol. 3 , (4): 281-285
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2011 March, 29 2011 May, 18 2011 July, 20
Abstract:

The study seeks to know the factors affecting the use of the re-usable plastic crates by farmers and merchants in three (3) Local Government areas namely Kumbosto, Kura and Nassarawa of Kano State, Nigeria. Data was collected through the use of structured questionnaire. One hundred and fifty (150) respondents were randomly selected and sampled for the study. Investigative Survey Research Approach (ISRA) and descriptive statistics were used in analysing data. The study found out these reasons why the respondents are not using the re-usable plastic crate among others; the crate were expensive even when they were available (100%), the crates are not readily available but palm baskets, jute and polythene bags are (91%), the crate is not a unit of measure commensurate with the measure of traditional packaging’s (65%), it is difficult changing old habits (18%), there is very low knowledge about the existence of the crate (11%), and finally, lack of contacts with extension agents to push for the use of the plastic crate is seen as a culprit for non- use of the crate (9%). It was recommended that the plastic crate be made available at a highly subsidized cost, plastic manufacturing companies should be given incentives to start production, or better still the government be involved in its production. Plastic manufacturing companies and the government should produce crates that would be commensurate in measurement with the traditional packagings. Finally, extension bodies should be involved in a massive enlightenment campaign in all ramification to make the crate and its’ advantages be known over traditional packagings.
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A. Adegbola, E.I. Bamishaiye and F. Olayemi, 2011. Factors Affecting the Adoption of the Re-Usable Plastic Vegetable Crate in Three Local Government Areas of Kano State, Nigeria.  Asian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 3(4): 281-285.
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