Oruche et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 2 (6), pp. 251-258, October 2012
ISSN: 2276-7770 © 2011 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 09111258
Impact of the National Special Programme for Food Security on Livestock Farmers in Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria.
1Oruche E.N., 1Atala T.K., 1Akpoko J.G. and
1Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Institute of Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. 2Department of Agricultural Extension, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: rosafyne24 @ yahoo.com
This study was designed to assess the impact
of the National Special Programme for food Security on
livestock farmers in Ideato South Local Government Area, Imo
State. Sixty participating farmers from three villages where
the NSPFS programme was implemented were interviewed to
examine their socio-economic characteristics, level of
living, level of awareness, adoption level and income level.
Another sixty non participant farmers from the three
villages where National Special Programme for Food Security
(NSPFS) was not implemented were also interviewed making a
total sample size of 120 livestock farmers selected from six
villages. Data was generated from both participants and
non-participants farmers through the use of a questionnaire
and oral interview. Seventy percent of the farmers were
males and about 50 percent were between 51 and 60 years. The
study showed that there were differences between income,
livestock production and level of living of participant and
non-participant farmers. More than 80 percent of the
participant farmers claimed that they adopted the livestock
management practices introduced by the NSPFS. The overall
assessment showed that there were great impacts of the
programme on the income, livestock production and level of
living of the participant farmers. The results of the study,
therefore, showed that more awareness should be created.
There was also need for the programme to be implemented to
other villages in the study area. There should be adequate
supply of inputs to the farmers as well as improved
extension services to enhance production of livestock
production in Ideato South Local Government Area. The
programme should be extended to all the 774 Local Government
Areas of the Country.
Key words: Food security, livestock, extension, programme, Nigeria.