ADOPTION SCALE ANALYSIS OF CASSAVA VALUE ADDITION TECHNOLOGIES AMONG RURAL WOMEN IN ONICHA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, EBONYI STATE, NIGERIA

  • R.I. Kanu National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria
Keywords: Cassava Flakes, Constraints, Determinants and Income

Abstract

The study provides empirical findings on adoption analysis of cassava value addition technologies (CAVAT)
among rural women in Onicha LGA, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Purposive and random sampling technique was used
to select 120 respondents for the study in 2019. The study analytically adopted descriptive statistics, Lickert
Rating Scale and multiple regression analyses to analyze the data. The result shows that the respondents were still
strong and active, had mainly formal education with large households, many years of farming experience and are
married. The results on level of adoption shows that cassava flakes, flour and doughnut were adopted
technologies at varying levels. The determinants of adoption of cassava value addition shows that coefficients for
age and education were positive at 1% and 5% level of probability for cassava flakes and flour respectively.
Household size was negative for cassava flour and doughnut at 10% and 5% level respectively and positive for
flakes at 1% level, while income were positive and significant at 5% and 10% level of probability for cassava
flour and chin-chin. The coefficients for experience were also positive and significant for all products; expect
chin-chin at varying levels, while marital status was significant and negative for cassava doughnut at 5% level,
and positive for chin-chin and flakes at 5% and 1% respectively. This implies that increase in these variables will
lead to corresponding increase or decrease in adoption of cassava value addition products. The results also shows
that inadequate funding, unsteady electricity supply, inadequate value addition facilities and inadequate transport
facilities were the most important constraints militating against cassava value addition adoption in the study area.
The results therefore call for policies aimed at provision of accessible education and more extension contact to
enhance their access and ability to process information on CAVATs. There is also need for availability of
infrastructural amenities such as stable electricity supply, storage facilities and processing machines in the study
area, not only to boost food production but also to create more employment opportunities and enhanced
livelihoods.

Published
2020-08-30

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