(A Peer Review Journal)
e–ISSN: 2408–5162; p–ISSN: 2048–5170


Pages: 466-470
A. Olabanji, U. S. Ibrahim and S. A. Olayiwola

keywords: Fluted pumpkin, information needs, farmers, Yola North


The study analysed information needs of fluted pumpkin farmers in Yola North Local Government, Adamawa State, Nigeria. The specific objectives were to: describe the socio-economic characteristic of the respondents; examine information needs on fluted pumpkin of the respondents; assess the information on fluted pumpkin production by the respondents; ascertain the sources of information by the respondents as well as identify the constraints faced by the respondents in the study area. Three wards were purposively selected based on their high involvement in fluted pumpkin farming, 96 commercial fluted pumpkins farmers were identified using snowballing sampling technique and were used for the study. Interview schedule was used to collect data. Descriptive statistics such as mean, frequency and percentages were used for the data analysis. Result shows that most (85.4%) of the respondents were male and 35.4% were between 30-39 years with mean age of 37, while majority (85.4%) practice mixed cropping. About 93% of the respondents had no access to extension services. Distribution of the respondents by source of information revealed that majority (80.3%) sourced their information through friends and neighbours. The study also revealed that inadequate fund (65.6%), poor provision of extension services (47.9%), and poor access of irrigation facilities (40.6%) as the most serious constraints faced by the respondents. It was concluded that fluted pumpkin farming were dominated by male that are in their active age, attended formal education, cultivate an average farm size of 1.6 hectares and utilized any available knowledge or information. The study recommended that farmers growing fluted pumpkin should form cooperative associations which they can access credit not only for production but for the value chain.


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