Samaru Journal Of Agricultural Education
Volume No: 8|
ISSN: 0794 – 7860|
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Title: CONSTRAINTS TO ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED IMPROVED RICE PRODUCTION PRACTICES BY FARMERS IN KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA.
* 1MUHAMMAD, M.B., 1UMAR, I. AND 2USMAN, K.
1SAMARU COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA, NIGERIA.
2KABBACOLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, KABBA, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA.
An increasing number of improved rice production practices have been introduced to rice farmers in Kaduna State. In spite of this, rice production still remains very low. This production study was conducted to describe the selected socio-economic characteristics of the farmers, establish recommended rice production practices adopted, identify levels of awareness of improved rice production practices;and identify the constraints to adoption of recommended rice production practices in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Multistage sampling technique was used to select 242 respondents. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire and analysed using descriptive statistics. Results reveal that the mean age of the respondents was 39 years. The mean years spent in rice farming enterprises was 19 years while that of farm hectarage owned was 2.11 ha. Also, 64.5% and 73% of the respondents were non-members of any association and did not have access to any form of credit, respectively. About half of them (51.75%) produced rice under rainfed lowland ecology. Majority (95%) of the respondents were aware of improved rice seeds varieties and planting methods (96%) was the most adopted by the farmers. The main constraints encountered by the respondents were low prices of output (75%), credit unavailability (75%), diseases and pests (73%) and problem of birds and rodents (72%). The study recommended that farmers should be supported with credit facilities by financial institutions, and facilitation of group formation in order to enable them have more access to resources and services.