Volume No. 10 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 770-779 April-June 2016

 

CHALLENGES OF AGRO FORESTRY SYSTEMSí ADOPTION BY FARMERS IN THE NORTH CENTRAL ZONE OF NIGERIA

 

Saliu O. J.*1 Oluwagbemi T.2 and Ifatimehin, O.O.3

1. Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Kogi State University, Anyigba (NIGERIA)
2. Agroforestry Unit, Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Kogi State University, Anyigba (NIGERIA)
3. Department of Geography and Planning, Kogi State University, Anyigba (NIGERIA)

 

Received on : February 10, 2016

 

ABSTRACT

 

The study of challenges of agroforestry systems adoption by farmers in the North central zone of Nigeria was carried out to address the following specific objectives describe the socio-economic characteristics of farmers in the study area, find out the perception of farmers on agroforestry technologies, identify the adoption level, ascertain why farmers discontinue agroforestry adoption. Data were collected from 722 agroforestry farmers out of 782 sets of questionnaire that were distributed. Frequency and percentages were used to describe socioeconomic characteristics of the respondents. Mean score and sigma score were used to anlayse perception of farmers, adoption levels. More that 75 percent of the respondents had little or no formal education. More than sixty percent of the respondents had farm size between 1.1 to 3 hectares. Adoption of the technology increased between 2008 and 2010 but decreased as it approached 2013. Inadequate knowledge of agroforestry (mean score, (3.71) and lack of market (mean score, (3.55) made many farmers to discontinue adoption. The paper stressed the establishment of small-scale industries that will utilize the fruits from the fruit trees planted as raw materials to attract higher market price, scale up adoption of more fruit trees among scale farmers.

 

Keywords : Challenges, Perception, Agroforestry, Adoption, Rural farmers vegetal cover

 

 

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