Environment, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Jun  2018, Pages 53-64; DOI: 10.31058/j.envi.2018.22004 10.31058/j.envi.2018.22004

An Assessment of Ornamental Nursery Operation in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Environment, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Jun  2018, Pages 53-64.

DOI: 10.31058/j.envi.2018.22004

Nelson, I.U. 1 , Jacob, D.E 1*

1 Forestry and Natural Environmental Management Department, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria

Received: 22 December 2017; Accepted: 20 July 2018; Published: 8 October 2018

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Abstract

This study assesses ornamental nursery operation and factors that influence gender composition variation among the operators in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Data was collected using a structured administered to all the nursery operators in the study area being 42 operators. Descriptive statistics and ordinary least square regression were employed in analyzing the data collected. The findings revealed that majority of the respondents were male (66.67%), married (71.43%), literate (95.24%), between the age class of 25-54 years (85.77%), had been in operation for >6years (71.43%), acquired training in the operation (66.20%) and earned an annual income of ₦301,000-₦400,000 (47.62%). Also, majority of them obtain the seeds/cutting from mother trees (41.18%), preserved their seeds by drying (48.84%), used paid labor (68.89%), operated ornamental  nursery size of <0.05ha (88.10) and operated all year round (100%). The result of regression analysis showed that the factors accounted for 67.9% of the variation in gender composition in nursery operation and was significant at p<0.001. Age (-0.403, p<0.001), years in business (-0.209, p<0.05), income (2.751, p<0.05) and training in business (0.541, p<0.001) were the major determinants of gender variation. It is recommended that considering the annual income of the ornamental nursery operators, more people should be encouraged to venture into the business in other to expand the ornamental nursery sector in the state.

Keywords

Ornamental Nursery, Gender, Silviculture

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