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Title:Appropriate technology for sustainable agriculture in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Author:Iniodu, P.U.ISNI
Periodical:Discovery and Innovation (ISSN 1015-079X)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:agricultural innovations
agricultural technology
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
Appropriate technology
sustainable agriculture
Akwa Ibom State (Nigeria)
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/dai/article/view/15432
Abstract:This study aims to determine the level of awareness and adoption of modern agricultural technologies in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, the impact of such technologies on agricultural output, and constraints to the adoption of such technologies. Akwa Ibom State is characterized by compact land mass and traditional farming practices with rudimentary farm tools and implements. Bush fallowing constitutes the main farm management technique. Expansion of production can only be achieved through agricultural intensification rather than through expansion of land holdings. But chemical inputs for intensification are scarce and costly and therefore unaffordable for the millions of small farmers. This study finds that with improved varieties of cassava cuttings and maize seeds provided by various agricultural agencies in the state, the application of organic manure together with farmers' education, crop yield can significantly improve, The paper, therefore, calls for an integrated farming system so that farmers can use the animal manure for their crops for increased yields. The paper is based on data gathered from 24 maize and cassava farms during the 1995/1996 crop year. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French.