Effect of Adoption of Cocoa Technologies among Participants and Non-Participants of Farmers Field School in Abia State, Nigeria

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S. E. Odoemenam
G. E. Ifenkwe
C. U. Nwaobiala

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This study analyzed effect of adoption of technologies on the output of cocoa farmers in Abia State, Nigeria. Purposive and multi-stage random sampling procedures were used to select three hundred and sixty (360) respondents (180 FFS cocoa farmers and 180 non-FFS cocoa farmers). Data were collected with a structured questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive statistics, simple regression and Z-test analyses. The result indicates that FFS farmers had high adoption (=3.8) of cocoa production technologies. The estimates of the allocative efficiency of resource used by participants and non-participant cocoa farmers showed that the participant’s farmers were more resource efficient in the utilization of planting materials, fertilizer, agrochemicals and labour usage more than their non-participant counterparts and high cocoa output (23706kg) as against non-FFS cocoa farmers (15199kg). Simple regression result revealed that adoption of Farmers Field School cocoa production technologies influenced the output of cocoa at 1.0% level of probability in the study area. Z-test results showed a significant difference in cocoa output among FFS cocoa farmers and non-cocoa farmers at 5.0% levels of probability. The study therefore recommends increased extension contact by the programme facilitators and timely supply of farm inputs for higher cocoa output.

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Odoemenam, S. E., Ifenkwe, G. E., & Nwaobiala, C. U. (2020). Effect of Adoption of Cocoa Technologies among Participants and Non-Participants of Farmers Field School in Abia State, Nigeria. JCCR | Journal of Community & Communication Research, 5(2), 160-167. Retrieved from https://jccr.sccdr.org.ng/index.php/jccr/article/view/72
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