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: 410

Article in Press

Adoption of National Special Programme for Food Security (NSPFS) extension packages among participating farmers in Bauchi State, Nigeria

Abdulhamid A., Abdullahi S., Garba M. and Hussaini M. B.

The study examined the adoption of National Special Programme for Food Security (NSPFS) extension packages among participating farmers in Bauchi State. Data were collected from the study area through the use of structured questionnaires administered to one hundred (100) randomly selected respondents spread across the three sites of the programmed in the state. The data were subjected to both descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. The result revealed that the average age of the respondents was 44.49 years; majority of the respondents had non-formal education and considered farming as their primary occupation with an average farming experience of 23 years. The average household size and years of participation in the programme was found to be 12 persons and 7 years respectively. The income, gender and level of education of the farmers were significant on adoption at α-level of p<0.01. Household size was also significant at p<0.05. It was recommended that there is need for government and non-governmental agencies to launch more extension programmes that will complement the effort of food security programme. This will go a long way in ensuring self-sufficiency in the area of food production as well as achieving the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Keywords: Adoption, extension package, food security.