A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF SELECTED SMALL SCALE IRRIGATION (SSI) SCHEMES IN AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA (II)
Udom, I. J. and Essien, A. I.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
This study was conducted to determine what variations exist in the measured attributes of farmers from different selected SSI schemes. Mechanization survey data collected between October 2005 and March 2007 from 12 SSI schemes with the aid of structured interview were statistically compared. The result showed considerable degree for variations in the socio-economic, agronomic and technological resources among 551 operators in the same ecological, cultural and linguistic zones of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria. Similar data collected between October 2007 and March 2008 were examined to quantify the differences in the attributes of literate and illiterate farmers. It was observed that the literate farmers have higher awareness, good management and willingness indices than illiterate farmers. Among others, education and training was recommended as a result of the important role they play in the efforts to mechanize Traditional Irrigation Practice (TIP) in Small Scale Irrigation in developing countries.