Effectiveness of Transfer of Improved Cassava Technologies between Contact and Non Contact Farmers in Owerri Agricultural Zone, Imo State, Nigeria

  • S. C. Nwafor
  • Q. C. Uwandu
  • N. K. Ogbonna
  • J. O. Onyenmma
Keywords: Effectiveness, contact farmers, contact farmers, cassava, improved technologies

Abstract

The study assessed the effectiveness of contact farmer’s dissemination of improved technologies/information to their non-contact farmer counterparts in the study area. Cross-sectional survey was adopted in the study conducted in Imo State between September 2020 and November 2020. For this study, 120 respondents were selected from Owerri Agricultural Zone. The result showed that majority of the respondents were between 50 and 69 years for non contact farmers and between 40 and 69 years for contact farmers. Majority of the contact farmers (57%) attained secondary education. Most of the contact and non contact farmers are within farming experience ranges of 11 – 20 (37% and 43.3%) and 21 – 30 (30% and 24.5%) years of experience respectively. Findings from this study revealed that while there is no significant relationship between contact farmers' age and their effectiveness (r=-0.3243: p=0.05). Meanwhile, educational level (r = 0.4218: p = 0.05) and years of farming experience (r = 0.3995: p = 0.05) had a positive and significant relationship with the effectiveness of the contact farmers. The study therefore recommends training and agricultural education for the contact farmers.

Published
2021-12-31
Section
Articles

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