AN INVENTORY OF MANUAL AND ANIMAL-DRAWN PLANTERS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION IN NORTHERN NIGERIA
Publication Date : 01/08/2015
This study compiles an inventory of planting equipments for farmers to adopt suitable ones and prevent future scientists from duplicating previous efforts. The inventory was conducted by reviewing journals/conference proceedings, visits to relevant research institutes in Northern Nigeria, and surfing the internet. Adoption criteria were assigned in order to rank the planters for adoptability by peasant, small and medium scale farmers. A standard for determining an adoption index (AI) was developed in this study. Out of the 57 planters captured by this inventory all were found adaptable by having an adoption index of more than 65 %. Since majority of the planters captured are not available in Northern Nigeria at present, it is therefore recommended that those planters should be acquired and given to selected cooperating farmers who will put them to practical use. These demonstrations should be coordinated and documented by the States Agricultural Development Projects’ extension staff. Through these demonstrations and documentation of the planters performance adequate awareness for their adoption and diffusion would be created and areas requiring further improvements identified.
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