Usman، T. نويسنده Department of agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria , , Ango، K. A. نويسنده Department of agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, , , Barau، A. A. نويسنده Department of agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, ,
This study was undertaken to evaluate the
adoption of improved rice varieties among small-scale
farmers in Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State,
Nigeria. One hundred and twenty (120) rice farmers from
three purposively selected rice production communities were
randomly selected for the study. Structured questionnaire
was the instrument used to gather information from the
farmers. Descriptive statistics and linear regression
techniques were used to analyze the data obtained. The result
of the research revealed that rice farming in the study area is
a man dominated enterprise, majority of them were married
and in active productive ages. Majority of the farmers were
small scale farmers with plots of land of less than 4 hectares.
The level of awareness of the farmers on improved rice
varieties was very high with mass media as the main source.
The improved rice varieties disseminated to the farmers were
Ex – China, Faro and Cp varieties and their adoption rate
was very poor due to lack of efficient extension delivery
system and strong inclination on socio-cultural beliefs.
Regression analysis proved a significant relationship between
some of the farmers socio-economic characteristics (age, land
acquisition and extension contact) while some of the socioeconomic
characteristics (education and land size) were not
significant with adoption of improved rice varieties. The
study concluded that there was poor adoption of the
improved rice varieties due to poor agricultural extension
delivery and strong inclination of the farmers to sociocultural
beliefs, recommending that efficient and trained
agricultural extension agents should be deployed to the area
to impart knowledge that helps in reducing strong affiliation
on socio-cultural beliefs among the farmers.