International Journal of Agriculture and Food Science
2019, Vol. 1, Issue 1
Appraisal of extension service delivery to goat farmers in Kabba/Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi State, Nigeria
TA Ahmed, O Ebenehi, PE Adejo
The study examined the farmers’ perception on the effectiveness of extension service delivery in goat production in Kabba/bunu Local Government Area of Kogi state. The study specifically: identified the socio-economic characteristics of goat farmers, identified the breeds of goat mostly reared by farmers, examined farmers’ perception on the effectiveness of extension service delivery, identified factors affecting effectiveness of extension service delivery. Primary data was obtained with the aid of a well-structured questionnaire. Five villages were purposively selected for this study. Data obtained was analysed using descriptive statistics such as frequencies, percentages and mean scores. Results of the findings revealed that goat farmers perceived extension messages on training/education on goat breeding ( ), awareness of improved breeds of goats ( ), animal nutrition ( ), proper housing of goats ( ) and goat/goats’ product marketing to be ineffective. It was indicated that high cost of vaccines ( ) and poor access roads ( ) were the major constraints perceived by farmers against effective extension service delivery in the study area, majority (68.6%) of respondents reared West African Dwarf goat. This study recommended that both government and the private sector should intervene in exercising some form of price control on vaccines and also provide good road network, extension agent should work to improve on their services through regular training as well as paying regular visit to the farmers in order to bring them up to speed with current innovations on goat production.