EXTENSION WORKERS' OPINIONS REGARDING THE INFLUENCE OF THE NATIONAL MAIZE COMPETITION ON FARMERS PRACTICES IN THE MANZINI REGION, SWAZILAND

  • Musa A. Dube Department of Agricultural Education and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Swaziland, P.O. Luyengo, Swaziland
  • Velaphi L. Bhembe Department of Agricultural Education and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Swaziland, P.O. Luyengo, Swaziland

Abstract

The primary purpose of the study was to determine extension worker's opinions regarding the influence of the National Maize Competition (NAMCOM) on the farmers' agricultural practices and experiences in the Manzini region. A census population of front-line extension workers in charge of the participating areas in NAMCOM took part in this study. A descriptive survey method of research using a self-administered questionnaire was employed in this study. Findings of the study revealed that some extension workers were opined that the NAMCOM has prompted farmers to adopt certain practices while others were seemed hesitant. Further that there were problems in the overall organization, management and implementation of the NAMCOM and that there were better strategies to be adopted in order to improve its operation. It is recommended that organization, management, and implementation of NAMCOM be frequently reviewed so that it can be restructured to make the anticipated impact on maize production in Swaziland.

(UNISWA J Agric: 2000 9: 104-108)
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