Analysis of occupational and environmental hazards associated with cassava processing in Edo state Nigeria
Farming has been described as one of the most hazardous activities by many authors. The study was conducted to analyse occupational and environmental hazards associated with cassava processing and analysed the knowledge level of the processors on the hazards associated with cassava processing. A multistage sampling procedure was adopted in selecting the respondents for the study. One hundred and eighty respondents were sampled for the study using interview schedule but only one hundred and seventy-one questionaires were suitable for analysis. The data collected were described using frequency count, percent, mean, standard deviation and pie charts while perason’ correlation was employed to make deductions. Results show that majority (79.9 %) of the respondents were female with about 68.4 percent married. Majority (62.6%) of the respondents were rated as having moderate knowledge of hazards associated with cassava processing. Age (r=0.5271), years of schooling (r=0.7251) and level of travelling (r=0.4139) were found to be significantly correlated with knowledge of hazards at 0.01 level of significance while household size (r=0.3815) had positive and significant relationship with hazards at 0.05 level of significance. The study therefore established that education could be used to educate cassava processors on the various hazards associated with cassava processing in the study area.
Keywords: Cassava Processors, Hazards, Occupation, Environment