Journal of
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Ext. Rural Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2170
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAERD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 489

Full Length Research Paper

Evaluation of the relevance of packages of extension recommendations on cassava to farmers’ felt needs in Cross-river State, Nigeria: Implications for the attainment of Millenium Development Goal on food security

Agbarevo, Machiadikwe N. Benjamin
Department of Agricultural Education, Federal College of Education, Obudu, Cross-River State, Nigeria
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 03 February 2012
  •  Published: 31 December 2012


Relevance of packages of improved agricultural technologies to farmers’ felt needs would influence how readily the farmers adopt them as well as the attainment of the goal of self-sufficiency in food production vis-à-vis the Millennium Development Goal on food security. The study was, therefore, conducted to evaluate the relevance of extension packages of improved technologies to farmers’ felt needs in Cross River State, Nigeria. In conducting the study, 180 farmers participating in extension program in the state were randomly selected using the multi-stage random sampling technique.  The data collected through a structured questionnaire were analyzed using the t-test of significance of difference between sample and population means. The study found that farmers were unanimous that most of the extension recommendations were not very relevant to their felt needs. There was no significant difference between the farmers’ rating of the relevance of extension recommendations and their felt needs. As such the null hypothesis was accepted and the alternative hypothesis rejected at 0.05 level of significance. Some recommendations were also made


Key words: Evaluation, relevance, recommendations, cassava, farmers, felt-needs, Cross River.