ASSESSMENT OF WASTE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ON FARMS IN ABEOKUTA ENVIRON, OGUN STATE NIGERIA
The study assessed the waste management practices adopted by farmers in some rural communities around Abeokuta in Ogun State, Nigeria. Seven research questions were raised and answered, using a total of 40 structured questionnaires. The questionnaires were administered, with personal communi-cation, to individual farmers in order to gather pieces of information from farm establishments in the study area. Farms of one hectare of land and above were sampled. The study revealed the methods of waste management practiced in the area to include incineration (80.0%), â€œre-useâ€ (40.0%), waste contractors (27.5%), burying and tipping (15%), storage (12.5%), â€œtake back by suppliersâ€ (7.5%) and others (7.5%). the choice of waste management methods adopted by the farmers was found to be dependent on cheapness (32.5%), common practice around (14.0%), suitability (11.0%) and others (2.5%). The level of awareness of waste regulatory bodies was relatively low (35.0%) in the rural areas.