Differentials in Level of Awareness and Adoption of Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) among Smallholder Cassava Farmers in Okigwe Agricultural Zone, Imo State, Nigeria

  • N. C. Onyemauwa
  • K. Aroh
  • J. O. Onyemma
Keywords: Good Agronomic Practices, Awareness, Adoption

Abstract

Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) is a technological concept for adoption in Nigeria. The study assessed the level of awareness and adoption of Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) among smallholder cassava farmers in Okigwe Agricultural zone of Imo State, Nigeria. Using stratified random sampling techniques, 60 farmers were chosen for the study. The data collected was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results revealed that the level of awareness of GAPs technologies was high (85%), but adoption by the respondents was moderate in the study area which could be one of the reasons for poor agricultural productivity, income and livelihood of the respondents. The findings also revealed that, NRCRI, extension agents and training had a significant effect on the awareness of GAP technologies in the study area. It was found that a greater proportion (80%) of the farmers indicated that the presence of NRCRI, Umudike, had a positive impact and provides them with new skills and information. The respondents ranked financial constraints, lack of farm inputs, high cost of farm inputs, poverty, poor access to improved technologies, poor market prices, low production and dissemination system as the major challenges of adoption of GAP in the study area. The study thus recommended that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture should provide more funds for research institutions and the State ADPs in order to intensify their efforts towards creating more awareness of the GAP system among rural farmers. It also recommends collaboration between state government and private sectors, this collaboration will help to provide low cost of farm inputs and credit facilities to farming communities for more rapid adoption and sustainability and also to make better informed decisions which will encourage implementation of the GAP system.

Published
2022-12-31
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