keywords: Adoption, Bauchi South, protein maize, technologies
The objective of this study was to determine the farmers’ adoption of quality protein maize technologies in Bauchi south senatorial zone. Using survey research, a pre-tested structured interview scheduled was used to collect information from 120 QPM farmers that were randomly selected from three Local Government Areas out of the seven LGAs in the zone. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data. In the study the minimum household size was 11 with a total annual income of N132,700.00. About 26.3% of the respondents were found to have adopted the QPM variety, 34.3% were at the awareness stage while 21.2 were not aware. The result of multiple regression revealed that income (t = 5.411, p = 0.000) was found to be statistically significant in influencing adoption. Poor access to sources of agricultural information (M = 2.87), poor access credit (M = 2.86), inadequate rural roads (M = 2.84), inadequate extension visit (M = 2.81) and inadequate modern processing and storage facilities were found to be the major constraints to the adoption of QPM production technologies. It is on this background that the study recommended that input support services in the form of fertilizer and chemicals should be provided to enhanced adoption. Farmers should be linked to sources of markets and credits to enable them purchase necessary inputs and extension services should be strengthened so as to teach farmers the need to adopt improved technologies in order to reduce poverty and improve food security.
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