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Adoption of Mixed Cropping By Farmers In The Northwest Zone of Nigeria

M. G. Maiangwa
KEYWORDS: Mixed cropping. adoption rate. factors conditioning adoption. Nigeria


Traditional mixed cropping practices dominate the food production systems in the West African semi-arid tropics. This paper investigated the rates of awareness and adoption of mixed cropping and the factors conditioning the adoption of mixeid cropping in the north-west zone of Nigeria. Two States in the north-west zone were selectrad, namely, Kano and Katsina. this actual surveys conducted in the 2002/2003 agricultural season took place in the Rano and Danbatta zones of Kano State and theFuntua and Ajiwa zones of Katsina State. The results showed that mixed cropping was widely practised in Rano, Danbatta and Ajiwa zones, with adoption rates of 75%, 80% and 93% respectively. However, in Funtua zone, there was a preference by farmers for sole cropping (52% adoption rate). compared to mixed cropping (48% adoption rate). Farmers' socio-economic characteristics were also found to have influenced the adoption of mixed cropping but only four related significantly, namely. age, membership of associations, amount of credit received and land security. The implications of these results are that there is a wider acceptance of mixed cropping practices by farmers in the study area than sole cropping and past conclusions drawn in adoption and diffusion literature to the effect that farmer and farm-structural characteristics affect adoption of agricultural practices are to some extent supported by evidences from this study.

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