The study assessed the factors influencing adoption of FARO
52 rice package by farmers in selected Local Government Areas of Niger state.
Structured questionnaires were used for data collection. A multi-stage sampling
procedure was employed where a total of 166 FARO 52 rice farmers were randomly
sampled and proportionately drawn at 25% across each of the nine selected
villages. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The
result indicated that the package recorded 15.1%, 51.2% and 33.7% low, medium
and high adoption level respectively. The constraints identified by the study
include: high cost of the technology, complexity, lack of technical skills and
low availability of the inputs among others. The results of the linear
regression model indicated that farmers’ age, household size, farm size,
farming experience, extension visits, training participation and membership of
associations had a significant relationship with the adoption of FARO 52 rice
package. In conclusion, the adoption of FARO 52 rice package as a whole was
influenced by socio-economic and institutional factors. The study thus
recommends that the concerned stakeholders should give priority attention to
those socio-economic and institutional significant factors identified by this
study while formulating development strategies and programs for different
categories of farmers.
1.1 Background to the
Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is an important food and cash crop in
the world. It feeds more than half of the world’s population (Ojohomon, 1995).
The world grows 153.8 million hectares of rice annually with average worldwide
yield of 3,885 kg/ha. This gives a production of 598.8 million metric tons,
which is greater than that of either corn (590.8 million metric tons) or wheat
(576.3 million metric tons) (FAO, 2011). Rice has become an important economic
crop and the major staple food for millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa
(SSA) in general and Nigeria in particular (Africa Rice Centre, 2012).
All Project Materials Inc. (2020). FACTORS INFLUENCING ADOPTION OF FARO 52 RICE PACKAGE BY FARMERS IN SELECTED LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS OF NIGER STATE, NIGERIA. Available at: https://researchcub.info/department/paper-8293.html. [Accessed: ].