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

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Abstract

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.