Cassava Innovation Application among Small Scale Farmers in North Central Nigeria: A Panacea for Farmers Livelihood Status

M Ibrahim, I.T. Salihu, L.S. Umar, H.M. Makusidi


The study assesses cassava innovation adoption among small scale farmers in North Central Nigeria. The specific objectives are: to describe socio-economic characteristics of the respondents, examine sources of information, determine level of cassava innovation adoption, and identify the constraining factors affecting cassava innovation adoption in the study area. A multistage sampling technique was used to select 750 cassava farmers. Primary data were collected with validated questionnaires having reliability coefficient of r=0.87. Descriptive statistics, adoption scale and factor analysis were employed for data analysis. The results revealed that, the mean age was 35.5years, 60.0% were male,96.0% were married,  57% had secondary education, 77.3% were members of cooperative,  96.0% operates less than two hectares. Major source of information was radio. The innovations adopted were improved cassava variety (TME419) with adoption score of 78.7% which ranked 1st and the use of pickup van for transportation with adoption score of 77.3% which rank 2nd. It is recommended that there should be adequate and quality extension contact to acquaint cassava farmers with technical information to increase productivity and improve their livelihood status.

Key words: Cassava, Innovation, and Livelihood status, Nigeria

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