International Journal of Advance Agricultural Research
ISSN: 2053-1265
Vol. 6(4), pp. 59-68, May 2018



Status of weed control in coffee farms in Nigeria: A need for improved technologies

Adeleke S. A.*, Idrisu M. and Abdul-karim I. F.

Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), P. M. B. 5244, Ibadan, Nigeria.

*To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: akinyoadefem66@gmail.com.

Received 15 December, 2017; Received in revised form 01 April, 2018; Accepted 05 Apil, 2018.

Abstract


Keywords:
Coffee farmers, Weed management, Mechanical weeding, Herbicides.


Weed management in coffee plantations in Nigeria is currently mostly through manual methods which need to be improved to ensure better production. This research examined various safe weed control methods; it was observed that there is no weeding method that is singularly perfect to handle all the varied situations in the fields. The application or adaptability of a particular method is affected by such factors as environment, cost and farmers’ production level and tradition. Mechanical weeding has been identified as the most appropriate method for weed control by coffee farmers in Nigeria because of its effectiveness, immediate results, drudgery reduction and improved soil conditions, provided it is developed within the context of their production level and complemented with one or more relevant alternative weeding techniques. Successful and sustainable adoption also requires good research work and strategic information dissemination. Proper implementation of the right weed control methods, correct timing and planning, involving appropriate production philosophies, such as organic agriculture will make coffee production in Nigeria significant and sustainable, with improvement in quantity, quality and international market acceptability.

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