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Samaru Journal Of Agricultural Education

Year: 2017|   Volume No: 7|   ISSN: 0794 – 7860|   Page No: 63


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Title:  EVALUATION OF ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED IMPROVED RICE PRODUCTION PRACTICES BY SMALL SCALE FARMERS IN KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA.

MUHAMMAD, M.B1 ., ABUBAKAR, B.Z2 . AND UMAR, B.F2 

1 SAMARU COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA, NIGERIA.

2DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT USMANU DANFODIYO UNIVERSITY, SOKOTO,NIGERIA.

ABSTRACT

Abstract This study examined the adoption of recommended rice production practices by rice farmers in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Multistage sampling technique was used to select 242 respondents from whom data were collected using a structured questionnaire and analysed using inferential and descriptive statistics. Specifically, the study identified socio-economic characteristics of the farmers, ascertained level of awareness of recommended rice production practices, established the adoption of improved rice production practices by the farmers, determined factors affecting adoption of rice production practices and, identified constraints to the use of the recommended rice production practices by farmers in the study area. Results also revealed that the mean age and household size of the respondents were 39.47 years and 11.80 respectively. The means of formal education was 5.59 years and that of years spent in rice farming enterprises was 19.46 years. Mean hecterage was 2.11 ha. Results showed that 73.14% do not have access to credit and over 70% perceived credit as important in rice farming. Over half (51.75%) produce rice under rainfed lowland ecology Also, 95.25% of the respondents were aware of improved varieties and planting technology (95.87%) was the most adopted technology by the farmers. The main constraints encountered by the respondents are credit unavailability and non-membership of associations. Farmers’ socioeconomic characteristics such as age, years of formal education, years of rice farming and information sources used were the main factors affecting adoption of recommended improved rice production practices. The study recommended that farmers should be supported with credit facilities by financing institutions and agricultural organizations and facilitation of formation of groups. 

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