Citrus farmers production constraints and attitude to training on improved techniques of citrus production

  • OO Oyedele
  • MK Yahaya
Keywords: Improved technology, Citrus, Training, Attitude

Abstract

Emerging trends and advances in the citrus industry globally necessitates updating farmers knowledge and skill base to cope profitably in the industry. Therefore, this study was designed to assess the disposition of farmers to training on improved techniques of citrus production and also examine production constraints confronting them. Randomly selected 321 citrus farmers from Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti states were assessed through the use of pretested interview schedule. Data generated were analysed through frequency counts, percentages,and means . Results showed that 74.7% and 60.5% of farmers in Ekiti and Osun states had a favourable attitude to training. Four topmost constraints limiting production are: pest problem > low yielding trees> premature fruit drop > lack of capital. Farmers should be trained in integrated pest management techniques for citrus to handle pest issues, and also encouraged to plant improved budded citrus seedlings which are high yielding. Reduction of bureaucratic procedures involved in accessing special government agricultural loans should be minimized to assist the farmers address capital constraint. Capacity of farmers favourably disposed towards training should be strengthened through organized training programmes.
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