Adoption of Improved Sweet Potato Production Technologies among Small-scale Farmers in South East, Nigeria

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M. N. Okeke
E. N. Mbah
M. C. Madukwe
H. U. Nwalieji

Abstract

The study was carried out to determine adoption of improved sweet potato production technologies among small-scale farmers in South East, Nigeria. Data were collected from a sample of 100 respondents using questionnaire. Percentage, mean score and multiple linear regression were used for data analysis. Results showed that majority (64.0%) of the respondents were male, married (85.0%) with a mean age of 55 years, having 81.0% of the respondents with a farming experience of 10-19 years. A greater percentage of the sweet potato producers sourced information on time of planting (55.0%), planting spacing (46.0%) and weeding (37.0%) from research institute while 36.0% sourced information on fertilizer application from fellow farmers. Adoption of improved sweet potato production technologies by producers in the study area included use of improved varieties (79%), planting spacing/distance used (81%), vine cutting (81%), fertilizer application (400 kg/ha, NPK 15:15:15) (91%), pest control (66%), harvesting (77%) and storage method (51%). The study recommended the need for awareness campaign by extension agents, public health agencies, nutritionists and non-governmental organizations on the availability of these sweet potato varieties that produce high yields for better returns. Efforts of government and non-governmental organizations are needed in encouraging sweet potato producers to adopt improved technologies through conduct of practical oriented training programmes, provision of suitable and necessary incentives and technologies in order to increase production and income.

Keywords:
Adoption, sweet potato, production, technologies, South East, Nigeria.

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N. Okeke, M., N. Mbah, E., C. Madukwe, M., & U. Nwalieji, H. (2020). Adoption of Improved Sweet Potato Production Technologies among Small-scale Farmers in South East, Nigeria. Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology, 37(4), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajaees/2019/v37i430279
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