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: 442

Article in Press

Effects of socio-economic characteristics on training needs of cocoa farmers on good agricultural practices in Ondo State, Nigeria

Abiodun Oladele Akinmolafe, Adedayo Olufemi Ajayi

  •  Received: 15 November 2019
  •  Accepted: 05 February 2020
The effects of socio-economic characteristics of cocoa farmers on training needs on Good Agricultural Practices is the focus of this study. The study was conducted in Ondo state, South-Western Nigeria. A total of 294 cocoa farmers were the sample size of the study, these were selected through a multi-stage sampling procedure. Information were gathered from the respondents through pretested and validated interview schedule. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to determine the relationship between the socio-economic characteristics of cocoa farmers on Good Agricultural Practices and their training needs, while Mean Weighted Discrepancy Scores was used to identify the training needs. The study reveals that cocoa farming is male dominated (83.7%), the mean age of the respondents was 51.91 years and 78.0% were married with mean household size stood at 7. Primary education was the highest level amongst the respondents (43.5%), the mean annual income was N180, 705, while mean age and size of cocoa farm were 28.52 years and 2.97 ha, respectively. The study also revealed significant relationship between cocoa farmers age in years (r =0.138), Age of cocoa farm (r = 0.149), number of contact with extension agents (r = 0.195) and their training needs at 0.01 level of significance. The study recommended that any agency that will organize training for cocoa farmers should put into consideration their age, age of cocoa farms and sources of information. It also revealed that farmers need training in, choice of planting materials, fertilizers application and efficient irrigation practices.

Keywords: Socio-economic, Training need, Good Agricultural Practices