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Assessment of Contributions of Agricultural Development Programme to Poverty Alleviation among Rural Farmers in Aniocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria

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Author(s) Onumadu, F. N. , Olatunji, S.O.
On Pages 85-91
Volume No. 4
Issue No. 3
Issue Date March, 2014
Publishing Date March, 2014
Keywords Assessment. Contributions. Agricultural Development Programmes. Poverty Alleviation


Abstract


The study assessed the contributions of Agricultural Development Programme to poverty alleviation among rural farmers in Aniocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria. Data were collected from 120 farmers using multi-stage sampling techniques. Data generated were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics such as frequency count, percentages, mean and regression analysis. The results showed that 45% of the farmers were in the age bracket of 41 50 years while 28% were between 51 60 years and a mean age of 55 years. Majority (55%) of the male famers participated in the ADP poverty alleviation programme. Also, majority (71.67%) of the farmers were married with a sizeable household. Over 60% were educated and as many as 76% of the farmers were not members of Cooperative Society. Majority (53%) of the farmers fell under the category of small scale farmers and generated income of N10,000 to N100,000 annually. Sixty-five percent of the farmers were poor while 35% were not before the inception of ADP poverty alleviation programmes in the study areas. Dry season vegetable production, yam minniset techniques, planting improved crops and crop spacing respectively had adoption score above the mean score value of (x = 3.50). Frequency of extension agent contact with the farmers was inadequate. The major constraints the farmers had in the adoption of ADP poverty alleviation innovations included lack of access to land, inadequate farm inputs, lack of funds and none membership of Cooperative Society. The test of the hypothesis of the study showed that the significant factors influencing the poverty status of the farmers were age of the farmer, gender, years of formal education, household size, and membership of Cooperative Society among others. It was therefore recommended that those constraints that impeded the adoption of ADP innovations such as lack of access to land, inadequate farm inputs, and extension agents and lack of funds should be urgently addressed by both the government and ADP

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