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Title: AGRICULTURAL MARKETING EXTENSION SERVICES AND POST-HARVEST LOSSES OF ROOT AND TUBER CROPS PRODUCE IN ABIA STATE, NIGERIA
Authors: NWAFOR, SOLOMON CHIMELA
Keywords: MARKETING, AGRICULTURAL
POST-HARVEST
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Publisher: NONE
Citation: NONE
Series/Report no.: NONE;
Abstract: This study assessed the services of agricultural marketing extension and their effect on control of post-harvest losses of root and tuber crop produce in Abia State. It identified the role of marketing extension services towards controlling post-harvest losses of root and tuber crops produce; examined marketing extension services’ needs of root and tuber crop farmers; examined marketing extension services rendered to root and tuber crops farmers; evaluated effects of marketing extension services on the control of postharvest losses of root and tuber crop produce; identified factors affecting the delivery of marketing extension services; ascertained marketing suggestions to improve postharvest control of root and tuber crops produce in the setting. Data were collected from a sample of five hundred and fifty (550) respondents in the study setting. Percentages, mean scores, z-test and regression analysis were used as statistical tools for data analysis. The findings of the study showed that farmers are constantly in need of updated marketing extension services. The overall mean score of the farmers on the effects of marketing extension services on the control of post-harvest losses of root and tuber crop produce was 2.858. There was no significant difference between the mean ratings of extension workers and farmers on the marketing extension services rendered to farmers as calculated z- score (0.6887) of both mean ratings (3.00) and (3.03) of the extension workers and farmers respectively were lower than the z-critical value of 1.96 at 5% level of significance. There exist significant differences in the marketing extension services’ needs of root and tuber crop farmers and the marketing extension services rendered to farmers by the extension workers in the study area as calculated z values were higher than the critical z values at various levels of significance. Marketing extension services had significant effect on the volume of post-harvest losses of root and tuber crop produce in the study area given that the F- statistics of 102.569 is significant at 1% level of significance and that computed F- value was higher than the F-tabulated value of (1.94) at 5% level of significance and (2.51) at 1% level of significance. Therefore organizations and agencies providing marketing extension services (ADPs, Research institutes, Universities, NGOs etc) should do so in accordance to farmers’ needs.
URI: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/415
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