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Bawa, D. B.; Ani, A. O.; Nuhu, H. S.
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Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.
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American-Eurasian Journal of Sustainable Agriculture
The study analysed the "Perception of farmers and Extension Agents on the Privatization and Commercialization of Extension Services Delivery in Adamawa State, Nigeria." Respondents were randomly selected from the study area, and a total of one hundred and sixteen (116) respondents were selected. Ninety three (93) were farmers while twenty four were extension agents. Descriptive statistics and rank correlation coefficient were used to analyse the data from the findings. The result of the study showed that majority (64.1%) of the respondents (farmers) were 40 years and below while for the extension agents 75% were below 40 years of age. Most of the respondents, 40.1% and 87.4% respectively (farmers and extension agents) had Ordinary National Diploma or Bachelors degree as their educational qualification respectively. The study also revealed that 41.3% of the respondents (farmers) strongly agreed that privatization and commercialization can improve extension service delivery, while 42.3% agreed that privatization and commercialization of extension service can help farmers to have greater access to farm inputs. Majority (90.8%) of the respondents (extension agents) agreed that privatization will improve efficiency and effectiveness of the extension agents, while 50% of them agreed that privatization can improve extension delivery. Result of the correlation coefficient revealed that there is a significant relationship between respondents perception of privatization and commercialization where r=0.564. It was recommended that with the low level of income for the respondents (farmers) in the study area, even if government will privatize extension, it should reach an agreement on how to subsidize it. Similarly age, gender and educational level of the respondents should be considered when planning and organizing for the privatization of the extension services.
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Indexing terms for this abstract:
agricultural sector, attitudes, commercialization, extension, extension agents, farmers' attitudes, privatization
advisory services, extension activities, subsaharan Africa
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Africa South of Sahara, Nigeria
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ACP Countries, Anglophone Africa, Africa, Commonwealth of Nations, Developing Countries, West Africa, Africa South of Sahara