EXTENSION SERVICE DELIVERY AND USE OF IMPROVED CASSAVA TECHNOLOGIES AMONG FARMERS IN ENUGU STATE NIGERIA

  • L.E. Odoemelam Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
Keywords: Extension services, dissemination, technologies, and utilization

Abstract

The study provided empirical evidence on the effect of extension service delivery on use of improved cassava
technologies among farmers in Enugu State Nigeria. The data for this study were collected from primary sources
through the use of structured questionnaire and personal observation. Data collected were analysed with the use
of simple descriptive and inferential statistics. Results show that about 38% of the respondents had high
awareness level, 48.1% medium while only 14% had low awareness level of agricultural technologies
disseminated. The result revealed a grand mean of 2.53 indicating that the respondents utilized the agricultural
technologies disseminated to them by the extension agents in the study area. Regression result revealed that the
coefficient of extension service delivery was significant at 5% probability level and positive implying that
extension service delivery has significant effect on the use of improved cassava technologies among the cassava
farmers in the study area. Constraints militating against the use of the technologies disseminated showed that the
farmers encountered several constraints in the use of technologies disseminated by the extension agents. The
study shows that farmers in the study area were aware and used most improved cassava production technologies
disseminated by the extension agents. The study therefore, calls for policies aimed at the need for efficient
extension services to be rendered by competent extension agents who should be made to under-go continuous
training and re-training programmes. Extension agents should improve on their efforts in organizing training
programmes, workshops, and agricultural shows in order to sensitize the farmers on the need for enhanced use of
improved cassava technologies.

Published
2020-04-30

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