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Impact of Training the Trainers’ Programme on Rice Farmers’ Income and Welfare in North Central, Nigeria

J. H. Tsado, M. A. Ojo, and O. J. Ajayi
Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Extension Technology, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State. Nigeria
Abstract—The study was conducted in North central, Nigeria. It investigated the impact of training programme on rice farmers. A total of 320 respondents were selected and interviewed using a well structured interview schedule. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and F-Chow –test. The study revealed that the main reasons for participants participation in the intervention programme was for poverty alleviation, increased in productivity and for economic empowerment which ranked 1st 2nd and 3rd respectively, and their major source of information was USAID MARKERT field officers. The study showed a significant mean difference between the income of the participants (N308,235.63) and nonparticipants (N152,420.63) implying that participation in the program had a positive and significant impact on rice farmers’ income. The Chow F-calculated for income (60.97) was greater than the Chow F-tabulated (2.04) which implies that there was a significant impact of the programme on participants’ income. The training had positive impact on adoption at 1% level of significance. On the basis of the above, it is recommended that training rice farmers should be given topmost priority to improve their skills on the adoption of improved rice packages to increase their productivity and consequently their income for escaping poverty.  

Index Terms—impact, training, rice, farmer, income.

Cite: J. H. Tsado, M. A. Ojo, and O. J. Ajayi, "Impact of Training the Trainers’ Programme on Rice Farmers’ Income and Welfare in North Central, Nigeria," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 157-160, December 2014. Doi: 10.12720/joaat.1.2.157-160
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