A STUDY OF EXTENSION AGENTS PERFORMANCE UNDER THE UNIFIED AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE SYSTEM IN BORNO STATE NIGERIA
The study assessed the performance of extension agents under the Unified Agricultural Extension System (UAES) in Borno state. Structured questionnaires were used to elicit relevant information from 40 extension agents working under the U.A.E.S. in Borno State. The results showed that majority of the respondents have received the necessary training to enable them operate effectively under the U.A.E.S. The study also revealed that majority of the respondents received logistic materials aimed at enhancing technology delivery to farmers. Both the educational levels of the respondents and logistic materials given to them have high and positive correlation coefficients (r = 0.81 and 0.77, respectively) with their ability to deliver technologies to farmers (P = 0.01 and 0.05). Both the frequency of extension contacts with the farmers and the number of subsectors covered by extension training have positive and significant correlation with the income of farmers, (P=0.05). Eighty percent of the respondents rated the U.A.E.S. to have made favourable impact on their job performance. Some of the problems in the implementation of U.A.E.S. in Borno State included irregular release of appropriate research findings in fisheries and agro-forestry sub-sectors as well as untimely provision of their blue print or research protocol. It is recommended that research findings in the non-crop sub-sectors be released early enough and regularly while extension agents be giving the opportunities to go for the fresher courses so as to abreast them of new development in agriculture.
Idrisa, Y., & Ogunbameru, B. (2018). A STUDY OF EXTENSION AGENTS PERFORMANCE UNDER THE UNIFIED AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE SYSTEM IN BORNO STATE NIGERIA. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 11(01), 66–73. Retrieved from https://journal.aesonnigeria.org/index.php/jae/article/view/1640