Determinants of adoption/utilization level among beneficiaries of cocoyam value addition training in Ohafia Agricultural Zone by National Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike in Abia State, Nigeria

  • R.I. Kanu
  • M Oti
  • U.J. Ukpabi
  • B.C. Okoye
  • G.N. Asumugha
  • C.O. Mbanaso
  • J.E. Ewuziem
  • E.C. Kanu

Abstract

The study examined the Factors Enhancing Adoption/Utilization Level of Beneficiaries of Cocoyam Value Addition Training in Ohafia Agricultural Zone, by National Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike in Abia State, Primary data were collected with the use of a well structured questionnaire which was administered on 120 respondents that were purposively selected from the list of cocoyam value addition trainees collected from Agricultural Development Programme (ADP). The result showed that 35% of the respondents were within the age bracket of 46-55 years, 35% of them attended secondary education, 57% of them were full time farmers, 43% of them had income ranging from N50,000-69,999, 59% of them had farming experience ranging from 21-30 years and 87% of them were married. The result of the regression result showed that double-log function was chosen as the lead equation having satisfied most of the apriori expectations. Educational level, household size, age, income, frequency of visit and cooperative membership were the factors enhancing the level of adoption/utilization of the cocoyam new processing technologies by the beneficiaries in the study area. Based on the findings, it was concluded that the training was effective/positive. Therefore the research recommended that farmers should be encouraged to get basic education as this will enhance the productivity of the farmers, thereby increasing their income level.

Published
2018-05-31
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