An Interdisciplinary Study
Edited By Sunday Paul Bako and Frank Olwari
Adoption and diffusion of a new non-animal protein source: A case of yam minisett/maize/cowpea intercrop technology among farming households in Niger Delta, Nigeria (Edet Joshua Udoh) 101
ADOPTION AND DIFFUSION OF A NEW NON-ANIMAL PROTEIN SOURCE: A CASE OF YAM MINISETT/MAIZE/COWPEA INTERCROP TECHNOLOGY AMONG FARMING HOUSEHOLDS IN NIGER DELTA, NIGERIA Edet Joshua Udoh University of Uyo, Uyo Abstracts The study focuses on the identification of factors that determine the adoption of yam minisett/maize/cowpea intercrop (YMC-intercrop) as a new non-animal protein source in the Niger Delta State of Nigeria. The study is based on primary data randomly collected from 372 adopters and 372 non-adopters of the technology. Besides the use of descriptive statistics, the study models effects of farmer, farm and technology specific factors on the decision to adopt YMC- intercrop innovation using the Tobit threshold model. Analysis of the socio- economic characteristics of respondents reveals that majority of adopters (56.5%) had household size greater than 6 persons while 48.4% had 1 to l0 years farming experience. About 71% of non-adoptions rarely had contact with the extension agent. About 64.5% of adopters made profit greater than N20.000 while only 9.7% of non-adopters made profit greater than N 20.000. Empirical analysis using the Tobit model further reveals that household size, educational attainment, total available farm land, access to credit, access to augmented inputs and contact with an extension agent positively and significantly affected the adoption of the technology. In term of technology specific characteristics, reasons for land, non-animal protein source and food security also appeared as important YMC-intercrop adoption positive drivers. But farmer’s experience negatively and significantly affected the adoption of the technology. Though the extent of diffusion of...
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