IMPACT OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICES ON AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE RURAL AREAS OF IKONO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, NIGERIA: A CASE STUDY OF IBIAKU COMMUNITY
Nwankwo O. C.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
The main purpose of this study was to find out how the introduction of extension service has helped to change or influence the activities of rural farmers in Ibiaku, Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The study population was made up of all the farmers in Ibiaku community. A multi-stage sampling technique was employed to select five villages at random. Twenty farmers were also selected at random from each of the five selected villages giving a sample size of one hundred. Data were gathered through interview method and structured questionnaire, and analyzed using simple percentage. From the results, it was observed that Agricultural Extension Service has created a tremendous effect in changing or influencing the activities of rural farmers in Ibiaku community. It was recommended among others that the number of extension workers that visit the farmers should be increased and their efforts intensified so that they will be able to reach all the farmers and solve their problems.