Assessment Of Schools In Agricultural Program As A Strategy For Technology Transfer And Poverty Alleviation In Edo State, Nigeria
The study examined the Schools in agricultural program as a strategy for technology transfer in Edo State, Nigeria. A random sample of 120 students participating in schools in agricultural program was selected for the study. Findings showed that majority of the respondents (62.5%) were between 19 – 22 years old. Respondents developed competence in all the agricultural practices taught except the use of chemical for pest control and storage. There were greater adoption by respondents' parents in areas where the respondents had higher competences. The major constraints faced by respondents are lack of inputs, inadequate funding and extension contact. Major respondents' benefits from the program are increased knowledge, increased productivity and income for their parents. Respondents' age, educational level and parents' occupation had significant association with level of respondents' competence in the program. It is suggested that there is a need for government to develop partnership with private and non-governmental organizations for financial support specifically for rural youth agricultural programs.
Keywords: Agricultural program, technology transfer, Poverty alleviation
Global Approaches to Extension Practice Vol. 2 (2) 2006: pp. 11-18