Effects of the Supply Distance of Mineral Fertilizers on Their Consumption in the Mabanda Sector
Thierry KERINGINGOa*, Freddy NDAYISHIMIYEb, Salvator KABONEKAc, Noel MANIRAKIZAd
a. Selçuk University, Veterinary Faculty, Department of Livestock Economics and Management, Konya, Turkey.
b. University of Burundi, Faculty of Agriculture and Bio-Engineering, Department of Environment Sciences and Technologies, Bujumbura, Burundi.
c. University of Burundi, Faculty of Agriculture and Bio-Engineering, Department of Environment Sciences and Technologies, Bujumbura, Burundi.
c. Selçuk University, Agriculture Faculty, Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Konya, Turkey.
Abstract: The availability and accessibility of the sources of agricultural inputs are factors influencing their consumption. This survey study focused on the evaluation of the effects of the supply distance of mineral fertilizers on their consumption in Mabanda sector, Makamba province. It was carried out in two installments, the first one from October 30, 2015 to November 8, 2015 and the second one from June 20 to 25, 2016 on a sample of 50 households spread over all the hills of the Mabanda sector. Data collection was done randomly. Pursuant to the findings of the study, 82.6% of the surveyed households reported that the main cause of decrease in yield is due to the lack of fertilizers and the results indicated that barely 39.2% of the households apply mineral fertilizers. Broadly, the use of mineral fertilizers varied according to the supply distance whereby 17.4 kg/year/household of fertilizer for those who walk less than 75 minutes to reach the source of supply and 2.8 kg/year/household of fertilizer for those who take more than 125 minutes were identified over the course of this study. It is concluded that the supply distance of mineral fertilizers affects their utilization.
Keywords: Distance of supply, mineral fertilizers and farmers.
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