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Title:
EXTENSION WORKERS PERCEIVED EFFECTIVENESS OF ENTREPRENEURIAL EXTENSION STRATEGIES ON CROP PRODUCTION IN ABIA STATE, NIGERIA

Authors:
J.C. Iwuchukwu, U. M. Nwokorie , A.E. Agwu and C.E. Udoye

Abstract:
The study ascertained extension workers perceived effectiveness of extension strategies on crop production in Abia state. One hundred and fourteen extension workers proportionately selected from the three agricultural zones in the state constituted the sample for the study. Questionnaire was used to extract the information needed from the respondents. Frequency, percentage, mean score and standard deviation were used to analyze the data. Results show that all (100%) of the extension workers were literate and mainly extension agents (65.6%). Greater proportion (64%) was females and their mean number of years in extension work was 14 years. Farm and home visits (92.1%), method demonstration (83.3%), general meetings (81.6%) and GSM/phones (78.9%) were some of the strategies used in entrepreneurial extension service delivery in the State. Farm and home visits were perceived to be effective in all pre-planting and post planting operations of crop production. It was recommended that government should provide facilities that will enhance the use of suitable entrepreneurial strategies for educating farmers and other clients while extension workers should educate farmers with entrepreneurial extension strategies on specific crop operations that they are effective so as to ensure success of extension activities/programmes and agricultural development.

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