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Direct Research Journals
Vol.4 (8), pp. 220-227, August 2016
ISSN: 2354-4147

Determination of effectiveness of extension approaches and adoption levels of fisheries technologies at Akpabuyo, Cross River State, Nigeria
Article Number: DRJA16674587
DOI:

Original Research Article


1Ubi, W., 1Okweche, T.A. and *2Ubi, M. W.


¹School of Science and Technology National Open University of Nigeria, Calabar Study Centre.

2Cross River Agricultural Development Programme, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.

*Corresponding author E-mail:  martinaubi@yahoo.com


date Received: June 6, 2016     date Accepted: June 29, 2016     date Published: July 13, 2016

Abstract

A study was carried out on the status of fisheries technologies in research and extension systems in Akpabuyo, Cross River State of Nigeria.The four villages in Akpabuyo used for the study were:  Ikang, Esigie, Idebe and Iffiang King Duke, using structured questionnaire to obtain information from Farmers and Agricultural Development Programme (ADP). Results of the study showed that the range of awareness and adoption levels of fisheries technologies were 4.0-67.5% and 2.0-55.0% respectively. The farmer’s most important sources of information on production recommendations were radio and television which formed the most effective channels of communication to fisher folks (97.5%). Method demonstration was the most popular approach for technology transfer that most farmers at Akpabuyo were familiar with (87.5% fisher folks), and equally was rated as the most effective. However, the major constraints to adoption by farmers include high cost of inputs, insufficient awareness and inadequate interactions with village extension agents. The major problems of ADP were poor funding and poor staffing situation, reflecting in low mobility of field staff, poor job motivation and ill-equipped technology demonstration centres. Improved funding of research and extension agents, promotion of low cost and sustainable technologies and paying more attention to the promotion of non-crop technologies by ADP are some of the recommendations made to address the problems of fisheries extension.


Key words: Extension services, aquaculture, adoption of technology.

 

Manuscript Reviewed by:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chee Kong Yap
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Dr. Jolyon Dodgson
Faculty of Science Mahasarakham University,Kantarawichai District Maha Sarakham Province Thailand

Adrian Caprita
University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine from Timisoara