ADOPTION OF NERICA 1 RICE VARIETY AMONG FARMERS IN JALINGO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF TARABA STATE, NIGERIA
Bzugu, P. M.; Mustapha, S. B. and Zubairu, E. A.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
The study examined the adoption of NERICA 1 Rice variety among farmers in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State, Nigeria. Interview schedule were administered to 128 respondents who were randomly selected from the four wards that were purposively selected. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics. The study revealed that majority of the respondents were less than 40 years of age, who had less that 3 hectares of farm size. The study shows that the level of adoption of NERICA 1 Rice variety was low. The most important reasons for adoption of the NERICA 1 variety was early maturity as identified by the respondents. The most glaring constraint affecting the adoption of NERICA 1 Rice variety was lack of credit facilities. Policy recommendations include among others provision of inputs (including agricultural credits) at the right time and the encouragement of farmers to form NERICA/Rice variety cooperatives with a view to improving the food insecurity in the study area.