Impact of cocoyam value added technologies on the income of rural women in Ohafia agricultural zone, Abia State
The study assessed the impact of cocoyam value addition technologies on the incomes and general living standards of rural women in Ohafia agricultural zone of Abia State, Nigeria. A well-structured questionnaire was used to collect data from one hundred and twenty women beneficiaries of cocoyam value addition training in the study area. Simple random sampling was used to select 120 women beneficiaries of cocoyam training programme. Simple descriptive statistics such as mean, percentages and frequency) and student Z-test were used to analyze the data. Result showed that there is a significant impact of the training programme on the general living condition of the rural women after the training. The mean income of the respondents before the training programme was N10,000. 33 and after the training programme the mean income of the respondents increased to N23,000.33 implying a significant effect of the training programme on the income of the respondents/beneficiaries. Based on the findings, government should increase the fund allocation to the National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike for expansion of the Cocoyam Value Addition Manpower Training Programme. This will not only help to increase food production and sustainability, but it will also help to boost agriculture in the country in particular and the world globally.
Keywords: Cocoyam, value addition, training and technologies