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Table 3 Farmers’ reasons for the adoption of vetiver grass for erosion control.

From: Farmers’ awareness of the potential of vetiver grass for soil erosion control on Ogbomoso Agricultural Zone farmlands, south-western Nigeria

Variables Reasons for the adoption of vetiver grass
Cheap and affordable Easy to maintain and cultivate Effectiveness in erosion control Readily available
Age     
 ≤ 30 19 (9.74) 21 (9.95) 11 (18.03) 11 (16.18)
 31–40 55 (28.21) 69 (32.70) 9 (14.75) 24 (35.29)
 41–50 61 (31.28) 69 (32.70) 18 (29.51) 19 (27.94)
 51–60 44 (22.56) 38 (18.01) 17 (27.87) 11 (16.18)
 Above 60 16 (8.21) 14 (6.64) 6 (9.84) 3 (4.41)
Linear-by-linear association 0.1503 (P = 0.006)***
Gender     
 Male 147 (75.38) 146 (69.19) 43 (70.49) 48 (70.59)
 Female 48 (24.62) 65 (30.81) 18 (29.51) 20 (29.41)
Linear-by-linear association 0.0583 (P = 0.602)
Marital status     
 Married 161 (82.56) 172 (81.52) 47 (77.05) 54 (79.41)
 Single 15 (7.69) 18 (8.53) 5 (8.20) 6 (8.82)
 Widow 12 ( 6.15) 15 (7.11) 4 (6.56) 4 (5.88)
 Divorce 4 (2.05) 2 (0.95) 3 (4.92) 3 (4.41)
 Separated 3 (1.54) 4 (1.90) 2 (3.28) 1 (1.47)
Linear-by-linear association 0.1121 (P = 0.100)*
Household size     
 ≤ 5 108 (55.38) 115 (54.50) 33 (54.10) 45 (66.18)
 6–10 87 (44.62) 96 (45.50) 28 (45.90) 23 (33.82)
Linear-by-linear association 0.0316 (P = 0.0371)**
Level of education     
 No formal education 35 (17.95) 40 (18.96) 12 (19.67) 12 (17.65)
 Primary education 37 (18.97) 38 (18.01) 7 (11.48) 8 (11.76)
 Secondary education 108 (55.38) 115 (54.50) 36 (59.02) 43 (63.24)
 Post-secondary education 15 (7.69) 18 (8.53) 6 (9.84) 5 (7.35)
Linear-by-linear association 0.4434 (P = 0.0014)***
Income per cropping season (US dollars)     
 ≤ 200 187 (95.90) 202 (95.73) 58 (95.08) 63 (92.65)
 201–250 1 (0.51) 1 (0.47) 1 (1.64) 1 (1.47)
 251–300 2 (1.03) 2 (0.95) 0 (0.00) 0 (0.00)
 301–350 2 (1.03) 3 (1.42) 1 (1.64) 3 (4.41)
 Above 350 3 (1.54) 3 (1.42) 1 (1.64) 1 (1.47)
Linear-by-linear association 0.0096 (P = 0.0936)*
Secondary occupation     
 Civil servant 31 (15.90) 36 (17.06) 15 (24.59) 17 (25.00)
 Private business 154 (78.97) 160 (75.83) 44 (72.13) 48 (70.59)
 Student 10 (5.13) 15 (7.11) 2 (3.28) 3 (4.41)
Linear-by-linear association 0.0071 (P = 0.1830)
  1. Figures in parenthesis are percentage
  2. $ 1 = ₦ 360
  3. ***,**,*Significant at 1%, 5% and 10% probability level, respectively
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