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ADOPTION OF IMPROVED RUBBER PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES BY FARMERS IN AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA
This study examined the adoption of improved rubber production technologies by farmers in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. The specific objectives of the study are to; identify improved rubber production technologies disseminated to farmers, identify methods for disseminating information on improved rubber production technologies, determine levels of adoption of improved rubber production technologies and finally to determine effects of adoption of improved rubber production technologies on income of farmers in the study area. A simple random sampling technique was used in selecting both adopters and non-adopters of improved rubber production technologies in the study area. Primary data generated from the survey were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as percentages, frequencies, averages, paired t-test analysis and grading scale models. The result showed that about 15 different improved technologies were identified by farmers. Extension agents were found to have eight effective methods of disseminating information to farmers. The t-test analysis showed that adoption of improved rubber production technologies increased farmer’s income. It was also revealed that the level of adoption of these technologies in the study area were above average, this calls for concerted effort by both researchers and extension agents to ensure adequate and timely dissemination of technologies that suit the needs and interests of the rubber farmers.
Adoption, Rubber, Improved Technologies, Akwa Ibom State.
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