ADOPTION OF SMALL-SCALE IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR VEGETABLE PRODUCTION BY FARMERS IN NASARAWA STATE, NIGERIA
Bello D., Agwale A.O., Moren S., Laminu Y.W., Ndor E.
The research was conducted to assess the adoption of small-scale irrigation technologies for vegetable production by farmers in Nasarawa State. A multi-stage random sampling techniques was adopted on selecting three (3) local government each from the three agricultural zones in the state namely; Nasarawa North, Nasarawa south and Nasarawa west to give a total number of nine (9) local government that was used for the study, from each of the nine (9) selected local government, fifteen (15) small-scale farmers were randomly selected to give a total number of one hundred and thirty five (135) respondents that was used for the study. Data were collected and analyzed using simple descriptive statistics such a frequency count, mean score, percentage score and standard deviation to satisfy all the objectives. Instrument for data collection was administered through a well structured questionnaire and oral interview. The instrument covered all the objectives of the study. The major findings revealed that majority of the respondents (63%) were full-time farmers while (37%) were engaged in other forms of occupation. The result also indicate that majority (41%) of the respondents fall within the ages of 21 – 30yrs (30%) falls within the ages of 31 – 40yrs (15%) falls within 1 – 20yrs and (7.4%) falls within 51 and above. The findings revealed that (66%) of the respondents are male while (34%) are female. The result also shows that (70%) of the respondents are married while (37%) are single. The findings revealed that majority (46.66%) of the respondent’s uses stream as the source of water supply (27%) uses dams and (19%) uses rivers (7.40%) uses canals.
Adoption, Vegetable, Irrigation, Technologies.