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International Journal Of Horticulture, Agriculture And Food Science(IJHAF)

Motives of cultivating traditional leafy vegetables in Tamale Metropolis

Fuseini Jacob Yakubu


International Journal of Horticulture, Agriculture and Food science(IJHAF), Vol-2,Issue-2, March - April 2018, Pages 15-19, 10.22161/ijhaf.2.2.3

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Although, there are several researches in Ghana’s agricultural sector, little has been done on the investigation of the motives of traditional leafy vegetable production in Ghana. This present study assessed the motive of traditional leafy vegetable crop production in the Northern region of Ghana using cross-sectional data. A simple random sampling technique was used to select 334 peri-urban and urban farming communities in the Tamale Metropolis. A questionnaire was administered to the respondents and data collected were analyzed using Chi-square test, percentage and frequencies. The results indicate that the motives for traditional leafy vegetable production were very similar for both peri-urban and urban farming communities. The main motive for traditional leafy vegetable production was statistically significant for cash income [χ2 (1, N=334) = 3.755, p < 0.050], and employment [χ2 (1, N=334) = 13.135, p < 0.001], statistically insignificant for manure [χ2 (1, N=334) = 1.064, p < 0.302] and food/subsistence [χ2 (1, N=334) = 3.755, p < 0.059]. Given that traditional leafy vegetable production is a good source of income generation, government should encourage the youth to participate in agricultural activities through the provision of incentives and ready market.

Leafy vegetable, Motives, Peri-urban, Urban, and Tamale.

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