Adoption of Yam Storage Techniques and Food Security Status of Rural Farmers in Enugu State, Nigeria

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F. C. Nzeakor
S. O. Aigbokie

Abstract

The study examined the effect of yam storage techniques adoption on food security of
rural farmers in Enugu State, Nigeria. Multistage random sampling technique was
adopted in selecting 120 yam farmers in Enugu State. The results indicate that
majority of the respondents (60.0%) were males with mean age of the farmers at 48.8.
Almost all (91.3%) the respondents were married. The mean experience was
approximately 19 years. Majority (98.3%) of the respondents in the study acquired
one form of formal education or the other. More than half of them indicated that they
belonged to one association or the other. Preponderance of the rural farmers (81.7%)
encountered extension visits. The result shows that Yam barn was the major storage
technique popularly known and adopted by most of the farmers in Enugu State. The
study showed that majority of the rural households were food secure (60%) as they
were able to meet the recommended calorie intake per capita per day. Correlation
analysis (0.836**; P = 0.000 < 0.05) showed that an increase in level of adoption of
yam storage techniques led to increase in food security. Furthermore “Ignorance of
existence” (X ?= 4.10), “Do not understand how to use it (X= 4.02); High cost of
methods (3.25) and Non – available of technology had a mean of (X ?=3.01). The study
therefore recommended that yam storage techniques should be made available to the
farmers in the study.

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Nzeakor, F. C., & Aigbokie, S. O. (2021). Adoption of Yam Storage Techniques and Food Security Status of Rural Farmers in Enugu State, Nigeria. JCCR | Journal of Community & Communication Research, 6(1), 30-37. Retrieved from https://jccr.sccdr.org.ng/index.php/jccr/article/view/105
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