Sustaining Extension Activities in Yam Production:An Assessment of the Productivity Constraints of Farmers in Yagba Local Government Area of Kogi State

Abstract

The study examined the constraints faced by yam farmers in Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State. Data were collected with the aid of a structured questionnaire from eighty (80) randomly selected yam farmers in 4 communities and analyzed using descriptive statistics and chi-square. The result showed that the respondents within the age bracket 41-50 years constituted 41.25% while majority (86.25%) are male. Furthermore respondents with farming experience above ten (10) years were 87.5%. The study also revealed that majority (75%) had one form of education or the other. The mean or the average farm size of the farmers was 0.687 and majority (90%) grows mainly white variety of yam. The results shows a positive relationships between the out and the following constraints faced by the farmers in the study area at 1% significantlevel, access to loan, High cost of inputs, poor soil fertility, transportation, pest and diseases, environmental factors, lack of infrastructural facilities, livestock destruction, problem of acquiring motherseed. In addition to the constraints identified above majority (88.75%) of the respondents claimed they don’t have access to extension services which will aid in alleviating their problems. It was recommended that adequate extension services and focusing intervention programme in the study area to solving the identified problems e.g. provision of credit and infrastructural facilities and provision of inputs at subsidized rate.

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11th National Conference of the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists held at New Lecture Theatre, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria, 3oth November-3rd December
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