Obstacles to the adoption of improved rabbit technologies by small scale farmers in Nsukka local government area of Enugu State
The study was designed to identify the obstacles to the adoption of improved rabbit technologies by small- scale farmers in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State. A structured interview schedule was utilized in obtaining information from sixty respondents. Data were analysed using percentages, multiple regression and factor analysis. The study revealed that young children of school age (63.3%) and mostly males (93%) dominate in the production of rabbits. Age (t = -2.24), education (t = 2.09) and years of experience (t = 2.02) were significant in influencing the adoption of improved rabbit technologies. The major obstacles to the adoption of improved rabbit technologies were; ‘management and economic constraints and nutritional and housing constraints'. It was concluded that efforts should be made by extension agents to design programmes aimed at co-opting students in secondary schools towards achieving a mass adoption of improved rabbit technologies. This will lead to the achievement of a multiplier effect in the adoption of the technologies, which undoubtedly will increase production, and subsequently the protein intake in the society.
Keywords:Rabbit technologies, Small scale farmers, Nsukka Local Government Area, Enugu State
Agro-Science Vol. 4(1) 2005: pp. 70-73