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Journal of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics (JASAE)
Journal ID : JASAE-17-08-2022-165
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Title : ATTITUDE OF EXTENSION WORKERS TOWARDS ORGANIC FARMING ADVOCACY IN EKITI STATE, NIGERIA
by Obabire Ibikunle E., Sosina Adebola O., Oke Damilola M., Akeredolu Medinat I., Obabire Ibironke R.,
Abstract : This study assessed the attitude of extension workers towards organic farming advocacy in Ekiti State, Nigeria. Census sampling procedure was employed to select all the extension workers across the three Agricultural Development Programme ADP zones in the State. However, ninety nine (99) extension workers responded to the instrument for data collection. Data were collected through the aid of questionnaires and analysed using frequency counts, percentage, mean and One-way Analysis of Variance. Findings from the study revealed that, the shortage of extension workers in civil/public service (𝑥̅=2.43), lack of incentives/rewards/motivation from appropriate authority (𝑥̅=2.37) and inadequate funding (𝑥̅=2.34) were the prominent constraints militating against Organic Farming Advocacy (OFA) among the extension workers in the study area. Higher proportion (55.6%) of the extension workers had unfavorable attitude towards OFA in the study area. There was no significant difference in the constraints militating against OFA across the ADP zones in the study area (F=0.452; p=0.638). However, significant difference existed in the attitudes of extension workers towards OFA across the ADP zones in the study area. The attitudes of extension workers in zones 2 and 3 were better than those in zone 1. The study concludes that the extension workers had unfavourable attitude towards organic farming advocacy in the study area.

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