Frontiers of Agriculture and Food Technology

Frontiers of Agriculture and Food Technology ISSN 7295-2849 Vol. 3 (2), pp. 265-269, February, 2015. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Impact of socio-economic factors on the adoption of ginger (Zingiber officinale) production technologies in Southern Kaduna State, Nigeria

*1Bokulo N. Husman, Attahiru K. Atiku2 and Mohammed H. J1

1Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

2Faculty of Agriculture, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria.

*Corresponding author. E-mail: bokulo.husman@abu.edu.ng

Accepted 6 January, 2015

Abstract

The study examined the effect of socio-economic factors on the adoption of ginger (Zingiber officinal) production technologies in Southern Kaduna State of Nigeria. 200 respondents were randomly selected for this study. Data were collected by means of questionnaires and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The result revealed that the average age of the respondents was 35.5 years, household size was 10 persons, farm size was 2.55 ha and years of farming experience constituted 15.5 years. The result also revealed that 62.70% of the respondents were married and 84.00% attained one form of education or the other. The result also revealed that educational level and scale of farming influenced the adoption of ginger farming innovations at P ≤ 0.05. It was concluded that the level of education attained by a farmer and his/her scale of farming ease the farmers’ ability to adopt improved ginger farming innovation hence a higher productivity level. It was recommended that extension agents should gear their effort towards adequate technology transfer to farmers and adequate provision of agricultural credit facilities and farm inputs to farmers at low interest rates and prices to enhance the adoption of farming technologies to boost their production capacities.

Key words: Ginger, adoption, socio-economic, tafin giwa, yatsun biri