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Title: AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICES DELIVERY AND POST-HARVEST LOSSES OF HORTICULTURAL CROP PRODUCE IN WEST COAST REGION OF THE GAMBIA
Authors: FATTY, LAMIN KEMO MAMANDING
Keywords: AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION, SERVICES DELIVERY, POST-HARVEST LOSSES, HORTICULTURAL CROP PRODUCE, WEST COAST REGION, GAMBIA
Issue Date: Mar-2019
Abstract: The study examined agricultural extension services delivery and post-harvest losses of horticultural crop produce in West Coast Region of The Gambia. There is limited knowledge about post-harvest practices of horticultural crops among smallholder horticultural farmers in The Gambia. In spite of existing extension services, there is huge losses of horticultural crops in the study area. This study therefore, seeks to assess the agricultural extension services delivery and investigate agricultural extension services messages delivered to horticultural farmers in West Coast Region of The Gambia. It also assesses agricultural extension service messages adopted by horticultural farmers as well as examine the effects horticultural farmers derived from the extension services in reducing/minimising post-harvest losses of horticultural crops in the study area. Both primary and secondary data were used for the study. The study used structured interview, key informants and focused group discussion to collect data from three hundred and ninety-eight respondents that were selected through simple random sampling procedure. The data were quantitatively analysed using SPSS to run percentages, frequency distribution tables, t-test, and chi-squared correlation test. Qualitative data from the in-depth interviews and Focus group discussions (FGDs) were also analysed and presented appropriately. The findings of the study showed that the agricultural extension services are ineffective due to the system of extension delivery to the horticultural farmers and there is limited access of farmers to extension activities or information due to low frequent interaction with the farmers. It also shows that extension services were not very much effective or proactive to post-harvest loss reduction due to inadequate skills and knowledge acquired by them in this region. It was also found that the variables on the influence of socio-economic factors (gender, age, marital status, experience in farming, education, and income) were significantly associated with the horticultural smallholder farmers post-harvest losses. The study thus recommended that there is need for continued research, development and investment programmes by different service providers in both extension and post-harvest technologies, effective and efficient communication to the farmers, special extension agents training on post-harvest practices among others.
URI: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/432
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