African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6576

Full Length Research Paper

Soil and water conservation capabilities among farmers and extension agents in eastern region of Nigeria

Mgbenka, RN1, Nicholas Ozor2*, Igbokwe, EM1 and Felix Ebe3
  1Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. 2African Technology Policy Studies Network, 3rd Floor, The Chancery, Valley Road, P. O. Box 10081 – 00100 Nairobi, Kenya. 3Enugu State Agricultural Development Programme, No 1 Garden Avenue, Enugu, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 07 December 2011
  •  Published: 31 January 2012

Abstract

 

Sustaining soil and water resources for improved agricultural production requires improved capacity of relevant stakeholders. The study aimed to ascertain this capacity in terms of perceived knowledge and importance of selected soil and water conservation (SWC) practices amongst farmers and extension agents (EAs) in the Eastern region of Nigeria. Data were collected from 101 farmers and 66 EAs using questionnaire instruments and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results showed that both EAs and farmers were knowledgeable in most of the SWC studied as well as perceived the practices as very important. However, the EAs had more knowledge and perceived these practices as more important than farmers. Farmers did not adopt some SWC practices which were capital intensive or which they were not knowledgeable in. There were significant differences in the perceived knowledge and perceived importance of SWC practices between farmers and EAs in few SWC practices that were studied. Based on the key findings from the study, it was recommended that farmers need to be regularly trained by EAs using integrated methods in order to increase their capabilities in SWC practices. On the other hand, EAs also need to update their own skills through short courses and training in extension methods.

 

Key words: Soil and water conservation, practices, farmers, extension agents, Eastern Nigeria.