Volume No. 13 Issue No.: 1 Page No.: 7-19 July-September 2018

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF AGROFORESTRY SYSTEMS’ ADOPTION BY FARMERS IN THE NORTH CENTRAL ZONE OF NIGERIA

 

Olusholajamiu Saliu1, Tai Oluwagbemi*2 and Olarewajuoluseyi Ifatimehin3

1. Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Kogi State University, Anyigba (NIGERIA)
2. Agroforestry Unit, Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Kogi State University, Anyigba, (NIGERIA)
3. Department of Geography and Planning, Kogi State University, Anyigba (NIGERIA)

 

Received on : June 29, 2017

 

ABSTRACT

 

Data were collected from 722 agroforestry farmers through administration of questionnaire that were distributed. Satellite imagery was used to estimate landmass under agroforestry practices, frequency and percentages were used to describe socioeconomic characteristics of the respondents while bivariate logistics regression was used to analyse the influence of socioeconomic characteristics on adoption. Results from the study revealed that agroforestry practice which accounted for 17.4 % of agricultural land use in 1992, increased to about 18.9 % in 2002 and decreased to 18.4 % in 2012. More than 75 % of the respondents had little or no formal education. More than 60% of the respondents had farm size between 1.1 to 3 hectares. Age and extension visit were found to positively influence adoption of agroforestry at 1 % significant level. About 70.78 % practised the technology on the extended family inherited land. About 63.71 % did not support a land ownership system that will favour the takeover of their land by government to enable interested farmers embark on agroforestry adoption. About 41.14 % of the respondents adopted scattered trees along with fruit trees and vegetables, while 23.95 % practisedagrosilvo pastoral. Fruit trees like cashew (21.75 %), oil palm (18.9 %) and mango (12.35 %) dominated the trees adopted. The paper is advocating for availability of a sustainable storage facility to encourage fruit trees planters while crop sharing system that will enable farmers without land to practice agroforestry system of their choice on any body’s farm has been highlighted.

 

Keywords : Social Cultural Characteristics, Agroforestry, Adoption, Rural Farmers

 

 

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