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Date of this Version

Summer 7-5-2022


This study assessed the influence of information sources on farmers’ indigenous knowledge on soil fertility management in Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling technique was employed to select one hundred and eighty respondents and the instrument for data collection was the questionnaire. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics of simple frequency and percentage. The findings show that majority of the farmers sampled were female 57.2%, single 50.5%; and tertiary education 39.5%. The result on the sources of farmers’ information about soil fertility management indicated that television was 31.7%, and social media accounted for 31.1% of the total respondents while extension agents accounted for 22.2%. Indigenous ways of determining soil fertility by respondents was by crop appearance 55.5% followed by 22.2% for soil color, whereas indigenous way of soil fertility management by respondents was shifting cultivation 22.2%. Information source highly influence indigenous soil fertility management. It is recommended that government should increase their support for agricultural extension services to fulfill their mandate of appropriate information dissemination to farmers.