DETERMINANTS OF ADOPTION OF IMPROVED POTATO PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES BY FARMERS IN NORTHERN ZONE OF PLATEAU STATE, NIGERIA
Keywords:Adoption, Technology and Potato
The study examined the determinants of adoption of improved potato production technologies by farmers in in Northern Zone of Plateau State. A multi-stage random sampling technique was used to select 210 respondents. Data were collected using structured questionnaire and analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. The result reveals that majority (76.5%) of the respondents had access to extension agent and 84.5% of the respondents received extension visit annually. Majority (72.5%) of the respondents indicated extension agents as their sources of information. Above half (58.0%) of the respondents were aware of recommended potato production technologies. The major technologies adopted by the respondents were improved planting materials (96.5%), optimum fertilizer application (92.0%) and improved use of herbicides (87.0%) which were ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. The result also revealed that years of experience (P˂0.01), membership of association (P˂ 0.05), yield output (P˂ 0.01), and access to extension agent (P˂ 0.05) significantly influenced the adoption of recommended potato production technologies in the study area. The major constraints faced by the respondents were inadequate improved planting materials (1st), improved use of herbicides (2nd) and insufficient information (3rd). The study concluded that most of the respondents had no access to extension services but had adopted and used most of the recommended potato production technologies in the study area. Hence the need for potato farmers should form and joint cooperatives and associations to increase their awareness and access to recommended production practices. Also, authorities and NGOs should help to recruit and train more personnel in extension teaching and potato farmers should pull down resources and purchase equipment and tools to assist in adoption and uses of recommended potato production technologies to enhance productivity.
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