Constraints to Fertiliser Use in Uganda: Insights from Uganda Census of Agriculture 2008/09

Constraints to Fertiliser Use in Uganda: Insights from Uganda Census of Agriculture 2008/09
Uganda's agriculture faces a multitude of challenges including low productivity, declining soil fertility and degradation of the natural resource base. To reverse and/or minimise the challenges, judicious use of fertilisers is highly recommended. Yet few agricultural households in Uganda use fertilisers, and when they are used, it is often in lower quantities than recommended. Using data from the Uganda Census of Agriculture 2008/9, this paper provides insights on key constraints to the use of fertilisers by agricultural households. While the majority of farmers do not use fertiliser due to the high costs, results also indicate that a lack of information and technical advice (due to a low level of extension services outreach in the country) greatly impacts the adoption of both organic and inorganic fertilisers. Results further suggest that access to production-support services and facilities such as credit, irrigation and storage as well as of access to input and output markets significantly impact fertiliser adoption.
Date: 2012-06-10
Author: Geofrey Okoboi & Mildred Barungi
File Name: Constraints to Fertiliser Use in Uganda - Insights from Uganda Census of Agriculture - RS 88.pdf
File Size: 1.35 MB
File Type: application/pdf
Created Date: 06-10-2012
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