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Title:Socio-economic factors influencing the adoption of recommended practices for cotton production in Lau Local Government Area of Taraba state, Nigeria
Authors:Pur, J.T.
Usman, I. Shehu
Periodical:Annals of Borno (ISSN 0189-2207)
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
agricultural innovations
Abstract:Based on primary data obtained through structured questionnaires administered to 108 respondents, the authors examined the socioeconomic factors influencing the level of awareness and adoption of recommended practices for cotton production in Lau Local Government Area of Taraba state, Nigeria, viz. site selection, source of seed, land preparation, planting time, seed rate, fertilizer application, thinning, weeding time, crop protection, mixing insecticide, harvesting, close season. Awareness of the recommended practices was generally high, but adoption varied. The need to source seeds from an accredited source scored the highest awareness (99.1 percent) and adoption (87 percent) rate. The least adopted practice was that of the close season (1.9 percent), even though some 64.8 percent of the respondents were aware of the legislation on removal and burning off of all cotton stalks. Correlation analysis revealed that the variables of education, number of individuals in a household, income from cotton production and contacts with extension agents were significantly related to the adoption of recommended farm practices. While the research institute saw the recommendations as a package, farmers saw them as different units within a component from which to select and adopt only those practices which were in conformity with their social norms and values. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]