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Pre and Post Training Knowledge of Cassava Viral Disease among Farmer and Extension Officer in Nigeria

Eni, A. O. and Onile-ere, Olabode and Mohammed, Ibrahim and Kazeem, Shakiru Adewale and Onyeka, Joseph (2019) Pre and Post Training Knowledge of Cassava Viral Disease among Farmer and Extension Officer in Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension , 23 (3). pp. 66-74. ISSN 24086851; ISSN(Print); 1119944X

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This study presents findings of a train-the trainer cassava stakeholders training workshop conducted in 2017. Farmers and agricultural extension officers from 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Nigeria were invited for a 2-day workshop aimed at raising awareness and educating participants on cassava virus disease management. An open-ended questionnaire was used to measure pre and post workshop knowledge alongside practices and needs. A total of 74 persons, 49 farmers and 25 extension officers were included in the study. Participants were mostly males who had been cultivating cassava for 12±9 years or had been providing extension services for 17±9 years. Pre-workshop knowledge on cassava viral diseases among cassava farmers was poor with farmers scoring an average of 2.04±1.1 out of 5 obtainable points on knowledge. Disease management practices were poor among farmers with 40.8% obtaining planting materials from unverified sources. Post-workshop evaluation showed that farmers’ knowledge of cassava viral diseases had increased as adjudged by an average knowledge score of 7.98±1.80 out of 11 obtainable points. This study highlights the effectiveness of training in improving farmers’ knowledge and equipping them to contribute to the management of cassava viral diseases.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: extension services; Cassava, training; Cassava mosaic disease (CMD); Cassava brown streak disease (CBSD)
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2020 13:11
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 13:11

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