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Samaru Journal Of Agricultural Education

Year: 2017|   Volume No: 7|   ISSN: 0794 – 7860|   Page No: 37


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Title:  ASSESSMENT OF FARMERS’ CROP MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN KANO RIVER IRRIGATION PROJECT, NIGERIA

1B.M. SANI, 2A.A. AMMANI, 4 H.N. KURA, 4Y. HUSSAINI, 1M.M. JALIYA, AND 3A. L. BAIDU

1DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING AND IRRIGATION NAERLS, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA 2DEPARTMENT OF EXTENSION AND ECONOMICS, NAERLS, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA 3DEPARTMENT OF FOOD TECHNOLOGY AND RURAL HOME ECONOMICS, NAERLS, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA 4DEPARTMENT OF AGRONOMY, FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE/INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA

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Surveys were carried out in Kano River Irrigation Project to document the crop production management practices of farmers. Primary data were collected through the use of semi-structured questionnaires randomly administered to 80 farmers within the study area. Descriptive statistics were used to analyse the data. The findings indicated that majority of the farmers in the study area were male (97%), aged between 31-50 years (91%) and fairly educated as most (56.5%) have attained post primary education. They practice farming as their primary occupation (78%) and lease the land (70%) they use for crop production. The agronomic/cropping patterns of the surveyed farmers indicated they cultivate less than 1 hectare (62%), practice mixed cropping and grow maize and tomato as major crops. They plant the crops at wide spacings, controlled weeds manually using hoes and applied both organic and inorganic fertilizers below the recommended doses. Crop water management indicated that majority of farmers practice the 5-day irrigation interval for most crops except watermelon where a majority indicated a 10-day irrigation schedule. Water conservation was also practiced by a majority of surveyed farmers. It is therefore concluded that consideration of the way to strengthen the farmers skills on improved farming practices would help to intensify their potentials for efficient production in the area. 

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