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Influence of Social Media in Promoting Farmers’ Participation in Agriculture

By Suleiman M.m., Ogakason R.o. And Faruk N.b.

This study aimed at assessing the influence of social media in promoting participation in
agriculture among farmers of Keana Local Government Area of Nassarawa state,
Nigeria. The specific objectives were to examine the level of farmers’ exposure to social
media platforms, evaluate the level of usage of social media in deriving agricultural
information among farmers of Keana L.G.A, Nassarawa state and determine the impact
of social media on resident participation in agriculture in Keana L.G.A of Nassarawa
state. The survey research method was adopted for this study. Keana LGA of Nassarawa
State was used as the sample study for this study because it houses a good amount of
farmers and also a continuous increase in agricultural participation in recent times.
Questionnaire was used as instrument for data collection. Findings of the study
revealed that farmers in the study area have access to social media platforms and use
them to source agricultural information. It was also found that social media has influenced
farmers participation in agriculture. The study recommends that social media platforms
should be deployed by agriculture extension workers as part of their communication
strategies in promoting farmers participation in agriculture.

Published: 03/02/2018

Tags: Nigerian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Vol. 19, Number 1, March 2018 Pp 56-62

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Assessment of Maize Farmers’ Access to Improved Inputs and Technologies in Selected Local Government Areas in Kaduna State, Nigeria

By A.o. Lawal, D. Baba And A.a. Wahab

This study assessed small-scale maize farmers’ accessibility to improved technologies in
some selected LGAs of Kaduna North Senatorial Zone, Kaduna State. Questionnaires were
used to collect relevant information from two hundred and eighty farmers. Maize farmers
who are non-beneficiaries of NGOs’ agricultural intervention programmes were purposively
selected for the study across three randomly selected local government area councils -
Ikara, Kubau and Makarfi within the zone. The collected data were analyzed using
descriptive statistics and multiple regressions. The result showed that Oba Super variety
of improved maize was the most (88.5%) accessed improved technology by the farmers.
This was followed by herbicides and pesticides (73.2%), fertilizer (53.2%) while credit
facility was the least (15%). The improved technologies accessed by the farmers indicated
a significant relationship with the farmers’ age, gender, household size, farm size and
number of farms (r2 = 0.8800, p=0.000). The study concluded that majority of the farmers
within these communities had access to most improved technologies; only 15% had access
to credit to further boost their production activities. It is recommended that extension
personnel within these communities should link these farmers up with banks and other
credit agencies so as to benefit from available agricultural and rural development loans.

Published: 09/03/2017

Tags: Nigerian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Vol. 18, Number 3, September 2017 . Pp 14 - 19

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Factors influencing Cassava Farmers’ Level of Access to Agricultural Information in Makurdi Local Government Area, Benue State, Nigeria

By Jiriko R.k., Vanger D.n. And Paul A.h.

The study assessed the factors influencing the level of access agricultural information
accessed among cassava farmers in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State. A
two-stage sampling technique was used in the selection of the120 respondents. Data
were analyzed using descriptive statistics and logit regression. The results revealed
that 63% of the respondents were within 21-40 years, 52% were males,75% were
married, 86% were literate and had 10 years farming experience. The result further
revealed 61% had low annual income (

Published: 03/02/2018

Tags: Nigerian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Vol. 19, Number 1, March 2018 Pp 23-31

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Assessment of Ginger Farmers Perception of Accessibility to Productive Resources in Kaduna State, Nigeria

By H.o. Yusuf

The study assessed the level of gender accessibility to productive resources in ginger
production in Kaduna State. Primary data were obtained by the use of structured
questionnaire that was administered to 250 ginger farmers who were randomly selected.
Descriptive statistics and chi square were used to analyse the data. Results of the study
showed the average farm income from ginger of the male farmers was N190,415 per
annum, while income of the female farmers was N93,147 per annum. The perception score
(x̅= 3.8) obtained for men and for women (x̅=1.43) in terms of their access to land indicates
that women have less access to land as men. The t – test result revealed resources such as
land (t = 4.64, p

Published: 09/03/2017

Tags: Ginger, farmers, accessibility, farm productivity, agricultural resources

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Energy Efficiency Improvement in Fish Production Systems in Oyo State, Nigeria: A Path towards Sustainable Protein Supply

By Oladimeji Y.u., Adepoju S.a., Yusuf H.o. And Yusuf S.

Energy consumption of earthen and concrete fish production systems in Oyo State of
south western Nigeria was assessed and Data Envelope Analysis (DEA) was used to
sieve efficient and inefficient fish farmers and established optimize energy. Data were
collected with the aid of structured questionnaire administered through trained
enumerators from 127 respondents comprising 36 and 91 earthen and concrete fish
farmers’ respectively using a snow ball sampling procedure. Constant returns to scale
(CCR) and variable returns to scale (BCC) models of DEA were applied to assess the
technical efficiency of fish production. The result shows that fuel, feed and water inputs
form the dominant share of energy inputs accounting for 91% and 83% respectively in
earthen and concrete production systems. The energy use efficiency in earthen and
concrete fish production systems were found to be 0.879 and 0.697, indicating the
inefficiency use of energy in both fish production units respectively. The net energy of
both fish production units were negative (-6935.53 MJ and -23038.92 MJ), hence
energy were lost. The results showed that 12.4% for earthen unit and 6.5% for concrete
of total energy use could be saved by converting the present units to optimal conditions.
There is need to critically found a way of increasing renewable energy through
sustainable uses of renewable inputs such as farm yard manure, fingerlings and water,
in both sectors in order to improve the low energy productivity and increase energy
output and invariably fish farming.

Published: 03/02/2018

Tags: Fingerling; human labour; optimum energy; technical efficiency

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Emirate Costumes of Traditional Title Holders of Northern Nigeria

By Dikko H

The study was designed to investigate costumes of traditional title holders (TTHs) of
Northern Nigeria. The population for the study comprised district heads and kingmakers
from the seven states of northwest Nigeria. Stratified random sampling technique was
used to select four states, while hat drawn method was used to select one emirate
council from each state. This gave a sample size of 134 TTHs (114 district heads and
20 kingmakers). Descriptive survey research method was used to collect data using
structured questionnaire. Simple frequency and percentages were used to analyse the
result. Findings revealed that some of the costumes of the district heads (DH) and
kingmakers (KM) of northern Nigeria include Babbar riga (80%DH, 95%KM), alkyabba
(74% DH, 60% KM), hula (99% DH, 95% KM), wando (buje) (100% DH, 100% KM) and
rawani (94% DH, 95% KM). The average number of the garments use for official
functions for both DH and KM are six, even though only four items (babbar riga, hula,
alkyabba and rawani) were given to them during turbanning. The horses of TTHs are
not left out in special regalia. They have costumes like jalala, dan kai tunjimi, banten
doki, suka budu, labbati and so on. The embroidery designs preferred by TTHs are
farfesu, yar madaka, shabka, allura biyu, hand and machine embroidery. It is
recommended that universities should endeavour to have royal costumes museum for
use by students and researchers who wish to study such costumes.

Published: 03/02/2018

Tags: Nigerian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Vol. 19, Number 1, March 2018 Pp 99-109

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Analysis of Socio-economic Characteristics of Samsorg 17 Adopters and non-Adopters in Kaduna and Kano States, Nigeria

By A.y. Abdullahi1, I.j. Sambo1, et al

The study examined the socio-economic characteristics of Samsorg 17 adopters and nonadopters
in Kaduna and Kano States. From the sampling of 1150 of adopters 10% was
used as sample size (115) while for the non-adopters with sampling frame of 920 the same
percentage was used to get the sample size of 92. Descriptive statistics was employed to
analyse the data. The results revealed that majority of the adopters (90%) were males,
while 77% of the non- adopters were males. The findings of the study indicated that high
cost of fertilizer with 63% was the ranked first among the constraints, followed by
inadequate access to good road network with 27%.The study recommends that farmers
should buy inputs such as fertilizer in groups whereby this could reduce the cost of the
input; it was also recommended that farmers should develop the habit of savings
(contribution) which could assist them to finance their farming activities.

Published: 09/03/2017

Tags: Socio-economic characteristics, Samsorg 17, adopters and non-adopters

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Assessment of Sorghum Farmers’ Perception of the Effectiveness of Extension Service Delivery Methods and Willingness to Pay for the Services in Kaduna State

By Hudu M.i, Mani J.r, et al

The study aimed at assessing farmers’ perception of the effectiveness of methods used
in extension service delivery in Kaduna State. Multistage sampling procedure was used
to select 140 sorghum farmers in Sabon Gari and Giwa LGAs for the study. Structured
questionnaire was used to source data, while descriptive statistical tools were used for
variable measurement and data analysis—the tools included a 3-point Likert scale for
measuring farmers’ perception, as well as frequencies, mean and percentages for
describing their socioeconomic characteristics and willingness to pay for extension
services. The results revealed that 87.14% of the farmers were male; over 91% were
married; and average household size was ten (10). The mean age of sorghum farmers
was 52 years, and average cultivated farm was 3 hectare. About 87% of the farmers
had access to extension agents, with over 66% having access to credit sources. Of all
the extension methods employed by service providers, only the internet was found not
to be effective among the farmers; and majority (87.14%) of farmers were willing to pay
for extension services. Some of the recommendations proffered were the need to ensure
that extension officers are supervised, trained and re-trained for effective knowledge
dissemination; and extension methods the farmers perceived as most-effective should
be prioritized for better service delivery.

Published: 30/11/-0001

Tags: Effectiveness, sorghum, extension services

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Assessing the Effect of Agricultural Extension Services on Sesame Farmers’ Productivity and Efficiency in Jigawa State, Nigeria

By Makama S.a, Ilu I.y, et al

The study assessed the effect of extension services on sesame farmer’s productivity
and efficiency in Jigawa State, Nigeria. Primary data were collected from the farmers
with the aid of structured questionnaire. A sample of 56 farmers with access and 40
farmers without access to extension services was randomly selected from the three
selected local government areas (Taura, Mallam-Madori and Maigatari) of Jigawa State.
The data gathered were analysed using descriptive statistics and stochastic frontier
production model. Results of the analysis showed that extension agent visits and years
of schooling were significant at 1% level (p

Published: 03/02/2018

Tags: Effect, extension, productivity, efficiency, Jigawa State

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Renewable Energy in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges

By M. K. Othman And A. A. Wahab

Renewable Energy in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges

Published: 15/11/2018

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FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS AND COST EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TRAINING AND VISIT EXTENSION SYSTEM IN NIGERIA

By D. 0. Chikwendu,, J. 0 Adegbehin,, et al

A study of funding and cost structure of the T & V system was undenaken in ten (10) states Agticultural Development projects (ADPs) evenly distributed within the five agro-ecological zones of the country. The results showed that the funding requirement was met through the Federal Government (20% ), state govemment ( 14%) and World Bank (66%) though variation existed from year to year. Of all the ADP components considered the cost structure revealed that Engineeting services accounted for the highest expenditure (22% ); Extension services ( 19.0% ); Administration ( 14.9% ); Commercial services ( 11% ); and Technical services (9.4% ). However in recent times, expiration of counterpat1 funding from the World Bank has nearly led to the collapse of the T & V extension system.

Published: 03/06/2001

Tags: Agticultural Development,T & V system ,

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The Nigerian Journal of Agriculture (Vol. 11, Nos. 1&2). December, 1998

By National Agricultural Extension And Research Liaison Services, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

This journal is intended to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and findings in the general area of extension. It is expected that contributions would come from various disciplines associated with;
-Extensions in all aspects of agriculture including veterinary, livestock, fisheries, forestry, apiculture, crop protection, horticulture, etc.
-Extension Methodology and philosophy: Extension Administration. Organisation and Programming.
-Extension Communication Techniques.
-Rural Sociology and Agricultural Economics (Including marketing).
-Rural Youth Activities.
-Integrated Rural Development.
-Agricultural Geography-relating to Land Use
-Home Economics, including Child Care, Family Welfare etc.
-Strategies in Agricultural Research, Extension Systems, Manpower Development and Training.
-Coordination of Research and Extension Programmes.
-Adult Education.

Published: 13/12/1998

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THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION-VOL 16, NUMBERS 1&2, 2011

By National Agricultural Extension And Research Liaison Services, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

This journal is intended to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and findings in the general area of extension. It is expected that contributions would come from various disciplines associated with;
-Extensions in all aspects of agriculture including veterinary, livestock, fisheries, forestry, apiculture, crop protection, horticulture, etc.
-Extension Methodology and philosophy: Extension Administration. Organisation and Programming.
-Extension Communication Techniques.
-Rural Sociology and Agricultural Economics (Including marketing).
-Rural Youth Activities.
-Integrated Rural Development.
-Agricultural Geography-relating to Land Use
-Home Economics, including Child Care, Family Welfare etc.
-Strategies in Agricultural Research, Extension Systems, Manpower Development and Training.
-Coordination of Research and Extension Programmes.
-Adult Education.

Published: 07/12/2011

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THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION-VOL 15, Nos 1&2, 2004

By National Agricultural Extension And Research Liaison Services, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

This journal is intended to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and findings in the general area of extension. It is expected that contributions would come from various disciplines associated with;
-Extensions in all aspects of agriculture including veterinary, livestock, fisheries, forestry, apiculture, crop protection, horticulture, etc.
-Extension Methodology and philosophy: Extension Administration. Organisation and Programming.
-Extension Communication Techniques.
-Rural Sociology and Agricultural Economics (Including marketing).
-Rural Youth Activities.
-Integrated Rural Development.
-Agricultural Geography-relating to Land Use
-Home Economics, including Child Care, Family Welfare etc.
-Strategies in Agricultural Research, Extension Systems, Manpower Development and Training.
-Coordination of Research and Extension Programmes.
-Adult Education.

Published: 10/12/2004

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THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION. VOL. 9, Nos 1&2, DECEMBER, 1996

By National Agricultural Extension And Research Liaison Services, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

This journal is intended to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and findings in the general area of extension. It is expected that contributions would come from various disciplines associated with;
-Extensions in all aspects of agriculture including veterinary, livestock, fisheries, forestry, apiculture, crop protection, horticulture, etc.
-Extension Methodology and philosophy: Extension Administration. Organisation and Programming.
-Extension Communication Techniques.
-Rural Sociology and Agricultural Economics (Including marketing).
-Rural Youth Activities.
-Integrated Rural Development.
-Agricultural Geography-relating to Land Use
-Home Economics, including Child Care, Family Welfare etc.
-Strategies in Agricultural Research, Extension Systems, Manpower Development and Training.
-Coordination of Research and Extension Programmes.
-Adult Education.

Published: 09/12/1996

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