Karshie et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 7 (8), pp. 182-188, October 2017.
Manuscript Number: 092417139
Farmers’ Participation in Agroforestry Practices in Taraba State, Nigeria: An Analysis of Benefits
Edward Adyondor Karshie (PhD)*, Oluwatosin Victor Ajayi,
Philip Kwakwah Gideon, Joel Bulus,
Naorti Boniface Mtomga
Department of Forestry, College of Agriculture, Jalingo, Taraba State, Nigeria.
The study examined the benefits of farmers’ participation in agroforestry practices in Taraba State, Nigeria. It highlighted the level of farmers’ participation, the benefits derived from agroforestry, as well as the challenges faced by farmers practising agroforestry. A sample of 420 respondents drawn from 7 Local Government Areas (LGA) out of 16 LGA in all the agro-ecological zones in Taraba State was selected using multi-stage sampling techniques. The selected respondents were administered validated questionnaire related to benefits derived and participation level in agroforestry practices. Descriptive statistic of frequency count and percentage were used to explain the data while inferential statistics of Pearson product moment correlation was the analytical tool used to test the null hypotheses. The study reveals that there is a significant relationship between benefits derived and farmers’ level of participation in agroforestry practices. Provision of adequate information to farmers through extension agents on the benefits of agroforestry practices, in order to enhance their level of participation was recommended.
Keyword: Agroforestry, benefits derived, farmers’ participation, Taraba State.
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