Determinants of Farmers’ Adoption of Sasakawa Global 2000 Cassava-Maize Intercrop Technologies in Abia State, Nigeria
Keywords:Determinants. Sasakawa, Adoption and cassava-maize intercrop
AbstractThis study assessed adoption of Cassava-Maize intercrop technologies of Sasakawa Global 2000 African Agronomy Initiative among farmers in Abia State, Nigeria. Multistage random sampling procedure was used to select sixty (60) cassava farmers for the study. Data were collected with a structured questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics (Multiple and Pearson product moment correlation analyses). Result showed that 55.3% were males with mean age of 42.4 years, 46.6% acquired secondary education, had mean farming experience of 12.9 years, household size of 12 persons, mean farm size of 1.3 hectares, fortnightly contact with extension services (68.3%) and mean annual farm income of N291, 774.00. Farm visits (100%) were majorly used in disseminating these technologies to farmers. Farmers had favourable perception ( 3.0) of Sasakawa cassava-maize intercrop technologies. Multiple regression result showed that coefficients of household size (3.593), education (2.8324), farming experience (2.8260), farm income (2.6243), farm size (-2.7001) and coefficient for extension contact (2.8227) influenced farmers’ adoption of Sasakawa cassava-maize intercrop technologies in the study area. The study therefore recommended promotion of human capacity and technical assistance to extension agents for effective dissemination and adoption of these technologies by farmers in the study area.
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