Effect of privatisation of agricultural extension services on productivity of Fadama III beneficiaries in Oyo State, Nigeria

  • Samson Adegebo Adegbemi
  • L. Abiodun Akinbile
  • Nathaniel Siji Olutegbe
Keywords: Beneficiaries, Fadama, Extension services, Privatisation

Abstract

This study examined effect of privatisation of agricultural advisory services of Fadama III project on farmers’ productivity in Oyo state, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling procedure was adopted in selecting 146 and 144 beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries respectively. Frequency, percentage, means, PPMC and t-test were used to analyse data. Most (52.7%) of the beneficiaries had tertiary education, while 33.6% of the non-beneficiaries possessed secondary education, with respective average ages of 48.32 and 49.68. About 53% of beneficiaries accessed credit through Fadama Users Group, while 53.4% of non-beneficiaries accessed credit through commercial banks. Most of the beneficiaries obtained information on advisory services from friends (91.0%) and extension agents (89.6%), compared to non-beneficiaries from radio (95.2%) and group meetings (81.5%). Fadama III beneficiaries had higher level of access to advisory services than non-beneficiaries. Production of poultry meat (r = 0.389, p<0.05) and eggs (r = 0.322, p <0.05) were significantly influenced by beneficiaries’ access to advisory services. Level of access to advisory services was significantly higher (t =1.651, p = 0.045) for beneficiaries (mean = 9.260) than non-beneficiaries. Level of production of maize (t = 3.165, p < 0.05) cassava (t = 3.679, p <0.05) and fish (t=1.869, p < 0.05) was also higher for beneficiaries. Beneficiaries attained higher level of production for cassava, maize and fish production than non-beneficiaries. Efforts should be made to improve on the coverage of similar projects in the future.

Keywords: Beneficiaries, Fadama, Extension services, Privatisation

Published
2018-01-12
Section
Articles

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