Rural Women's Attitude Towards Adoption Of Improved Crop Production Practices In Aguata Agricultural Zone, Anambra State, Nigeria
The objective of this study was to determine attitude of the rural women towards the improved crop production practices. Structured questionnaire was administered to one hundred randomly sampled women from twenty communities in the study area. Data analysis was by the use of frequency, percentages and mean. Findings showed that attitude of rural women towards adoption was favourable. Majority of the respondents disagreed that there is no information about improved production practices (mean = 2.78). Rural women disagreed that improved crop production practices are not really meant for me (mean = 2.96) Respondents disagree that they are comfortable with their traditional methods (mean = 2.81). Rural women agreed that improved crops normally lose their taste after harvest (mean = 3.02). Respondents agreed that improved crop production practices are very costly (mean = 3.33). Respondents agreed that improved crop production practices are complex to adopt (mean = 8.21). Respondents agreed that chemical involved in improved crop production normally hasten the spoilage of crop after harvest (mean = 3.12). Respondents agreed that improved crop production practices wastes a lot of time (mean = 3.33). Respondents agreed that improved crop production practices started and discontinued lead to soil degradation (mean = 3.18). It is obvious that women appreciate improved crop production practices and the need to avail them of adequate inputs cannot be overemphasized.
Keywords: Rural Women's Attitude, Adoption, Improved Crop Production Practices
Global Approaches to Extension Practice Vol. 3 (2) 2007: pp. 50-54