EVALUATION OF SMALL PLOT ADOPTION TECHNIQUE AS A TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER STRATEGY IN BENUE STATE

Authors

  • C P Obinne University of Agriculture Makurdi
  • O Y Hanidu University of Agriculture Makurdi

Keywords:

EVALUATION, SMALL PLOT ADOPTION TECHNIQUE, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER STRATEGY

Abstract

This study compared the adoption levels by SPAT participants and non -participants in addition to determining the strengths and weaknesses of SPAT. One hundred and fifteen farmers in six blocks were interviewed in the northern zone of the Benue State ADP. It was found that the average farm size ranges from 1 -2.5 ha. and many of the farmers were illiterate (57.40 %). Most of them earn less than N1000 per month. The maize varety adopted most by SPAT contact and non- contact farmers wasTZSR -W while with cassava the equivalent was TMS30572. There was no significant difference in adoption levels by both SPAT contact and SPAT non -contact farmers at 5% level, probably due to shared socio- economic characteristics. Most of the farmers claimed that they benefited from SPAT. Lack of fertilizers and poor extension work were the two major weaknesses reported by the farmers. Continuous farmer training is recommendedin order to keep farmers abreast of improved agricultural innovations.

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Obinne, C. P., & Hanidu, O. Y. (2015). EVALUATION OF SMALL PLOT ADOPTION TECHNIQUE AS A TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER STRATEGY IN BENUE STATE. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 3(1). Retrieved from https://journal.aesonnigeria.org/index.php/jae/article/view/320

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General Extension and Teaching Methods