Factors Influencing Farmers’ Participation in Sweet Potato Farming Practices in Owerri North Local Government Area, Imo State, Nigeria
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The study analyzed farmers’ participation in sweet potato farming practices in Imo State, Nigeria. Multi-stage random sampling technique was used to select sixty (80) farmers. Data were collected through a structured questionnaire and analyzed with descriptive statistics and inferential statistics (probit and multiple regression analyses). Result showed half (50.0%) of the farmers were males and females respectively, with mean ages of 45.5 years, 56.7% were married, mean farm size of 0.5 hectares and intercropped cassava/maize/sweet potato (63.3%). The result indicates that farmers’ sourced information on sweet potato farming practices from personal observations (90.0%), fellow farmers (86.7%) and television programmes (78.67%), while 63.3% intercropped sweet potato vines with cassava and maize. The farmers had favourable perception =2.9) and had high participation =2.3) in sweet potato cultivar characteristics. Probit regression result showed that coefficient for tuber yield, vine yield, early maturity, disease and pest tolerant and good culinary test influenced farmers’ participation of sweet potato farming practices. Multiple regression result showed that coefficients of gender, age, marital status, occupation and farm size influenced farmers’ participation of sweet potato production activities in the study area. Breeding of early maturing, high yielding and disease resistant varieties by researchers and access to land for sweet potato farming activities were advocated.
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