Farmers’ Characteristics and Adoption of Recommended Practices Under The Fadama Project Scheme In Edo State, Nigeria.
The study focused on farmers under the fadama project scheme in Edo State, Nigeria with emphasis on the relationship between farmers’ characteristics and adoption of recommended technologies. Analyses of data obtained from a random sample of 80 respondents reveals that fadama farming was dominated by females (62.5%), most of whom were married (77.5%), above 32 years (77.5%), and poorly educated. Gender, educational and household characteristics of respondents were significant determinants of respondents’ adoption of fadama-related technologies, accounting for about 39% of variability in adaption. High costs of water pumps, lack of agro-chemicals (fertilizers) and inadequate funds were major constraints to respondents’ adoption of recommended practices. Farmer organization into cooperatives and increased agricultural extension education to enhance communication were recommended.