Open Access Journal of Agricultural Research (OAJAR)

ISSN: 2474-8846

Research Article

Socio-Economic and Institutional Factors Influencing Adoption of Community-Based Agriculture and Rural Development (CBARD) Crop Production Interventions Project in Kaduna and Bauchi States, Nigeria

Authors: Chikezie NP*, Omolehin RA and Fadiji TO

DOI: 10.23880/oajar-16000215


This study was conducted to assess the socio-economic and institutional factors influencing adoption of Community- based Agriculture and Rural Development (CBARD) Crop Production Interventions Project in Kaduna and Bauchi States, Nigeria. Primary data for the study were collected using well-structured questionnaire, administered to 746 beneficiaries Descriptive statistics and Logit regression were used to analyze the data. The results of logit regression estimates indicated that age, farm size, farming experience, membership of cooperative societies, extension contact and access to input were all significant at 1% level of probability and influenced beneficiaries’ adoption of recommended crop varieties by 42% in the AfDB-CBARD Project Interventions. The rural wage earning opportunities created by the project as reported by the respondents in the study area included petty trading, crop processing and milling, commercial transportation, water vending, craftwork, bricklaying, seed multiplication, hired labour and animal traction. Constraints encountered by the beneficiaries as they participated in the project were inadequate capital, inadequate processing and storage facilities, low western literacy level and low prices for farm produce. The following recommendations were made: promotion of savings among farmers and farmer groups should be encouraged as well as encouraging the social organisation to secure loans for their members from agricultural banks. Commodity market/produce user programme and processing industries should be established to handle excess farm produce. Government should create awareness amongst the farmers conceiving the newly established agricultural cargo airports nearest to them. The cost of agrochemicals should be subsidized. Feeder roads should be constructed. Recreation facilities like viewing centers and rural telephony should be encouraged and a functional umbrella organisation for farmers is required to handle issues of capacity building for farmers.

Keywords: Community; Development; Rural; Crop Production; Project; Nigeria

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