CITRUS FARMERS' ACCESSIBILITY TO HORTICULTURAL INFORMATION IN SOUTH-WESTERN NIGERIA
Proven horticultural technologies developed from research efforts to advance the citrus industry as well as address the needs of poor resource farmers will have no impact if the intended end users cannot access such technologies. Inaccessibility of citrus farmers to information on improved techniques of citrus production has resulted in low productivity of citrus farmers in South-western Nigeria. Identifying areas where citrus farmers lack access to information on improved citrus production practices could be a panacea towards solving this problem. 321 citrus farmers sampled from four states in the South-western part of Nigeria using multi-stage sampling technique were interviewed. Data collected through use of pre-tested structured questionnaires were analyzed using frequency counts, percentages and Pearson Product Moment Correlation. More than 50% of citrus farmers had no access to information on improved nursery practices. 64% of farmers had access to information on improved methods of land preparation for orchard establishment. Significant relationship exists between information accessibility and information needs of citrus farmers (p<0.05). This suggests that more extension efforts should be geared towards making information on nursery practices accessible to citrus farmers.
Oyedele, O.O. and Yahaya, M.K. (2009). CITRUS FARMERS' ACCESSIBILITY TO HORTICULTURAL INFORMATION IN SOUTH-WESTERN NIGERIA. Acta Hortic. 832, 171-176
citrus farmers, accessibility, horticultural technologies