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Group Dynamics and Innovation Dissemination among Female Cassava Farmers in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria

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Author Obinna, Leo. O, Agu - Aguiyi, F. N.
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 464-470
Volume No. 4
Issue No. 8
Issue Date September 01, 2014
Publishing Date September 01, 2014
Keywords Ikwuano, Cassava Based Technology Dissemination and Indigenous Knowledge & Practices.



Abstract

The study was conducted in Ikwuano Local Government Area (LGA) of Abia State, Nigeria. A sample size of 270 respondents generated through multi- stage sampling method was used for the study. Primary data generated by the use of structured questionnaire, Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and participant observations were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Relative Credibility Index (RCI). The results revealed that a very high proportion (66.7 %) of the respondents were farmers, 61.1,74, 70.3, and 74 % respectively were within the age brackets of 18 53 years of age, married, had 5 20 years of schooling, and had farm sizes of 0.1 0.9 hectares respectively. The study further revealed that the Extension Agents was the most credible sources of technologies disseminated and Fellow Farmers were the most preferred channels of technology dissemination. Lack of funds, lack of farm- decision making power, lack of farm- lands, high cost of inputs, high labour cost, scarcity of agro- inputs, and low- extension contacts among others were identified as the major factors limiting the dissemination of cassava based technologies in the study area. The study recommends the incorporation of indigenous knowledge and practices in the generation and transfer of cassava based technologies for effective dissemination and sustainable cassava production in the study area.


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