WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE (WIA) PROGRAMME AND FOOD PRODUCTIVITY IN AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA

IDARESIT UWEM UMOH,
Gloria Anana Way, Osong-Ama Estate, Uyo
Phone: 08037775510 email: nicekhi@yahoo.com

Summary
The study focused on the women farmers under Women in Agriculture (WIA) Programme in Akwa Ibom State with emphasis on the relationship between women farmer’s characteristics and adoption of crop production technologies under WIA programme. Analysis of data obtained from a random sample of 150 respondents selected using a multi-stage sampling procedure reveals that 58% of the respondents were within 41-50 years, most of whom were married (66%) with an average of 7 persons per household. The respondents are poorly educated and have been farmers for over 12 years with a monthly income of N3,600. Fifty two percent (52%) farm on 3-4 plots of land mostly acquired from household plot. Majority of them belong to social organizations and are usually visited once a month by extension agents. Years of farming, level of education, household size, farm size and membership of organization were significant determinants of respondents’ adoption of crop production technologies under WIA programme. Inadequate inputs, inadequate access to land and poor understanding of the teaching techniques were major constraints. Targeting WIA technologies packages with more land for farming and more efforts from extension agents were recommended.

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Posted in VOLUME 12 N0. (2) SEPTEMBER 2010.

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