IMPROVING SWEET POTATO PRODUCTION COMPETENCIES POSSESSED BY FARMERS FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION IN ENUGU STATE

  • P I NWOSU, PhD Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu
Keywords: Competencies, sweet potato plants improvement, sweet potato farmers

Abstract

The study focused on improving sweet potato production competencies possessed by farmers for
sustainable food productions in Enugu state. The study was carried out in Enugu state, Nigeria
using a descriptive survey research design. The population consisted of 380 respondents. There
was no sampling because the population was manageable. Structured questionnaire was used for
data collection made up of 42 items. The instrument was validated by three experts and Cronbach
Alpha statistics was used to determine the internal consistency of the instrument and a coefficient
of 0.72 was obtained. The data collected were analyzed using mean and standard deviation to
answer the research questions, whereas ANOVA and T-test were used in testing the null
hypothesis. The study found out that the competencies of sweet potato farmers need to be improved
in pre-planting, planting and post –planting operations for food sustainability in Enugu state. The
study also revealed that using strategies such as workshops, seminars, demonstration plots etc.
could improve the competencies of sweet potato farmers. The null hypothesis tested showed some
significant differences in some items of non- significant differences in others. Based on these
findings, it was recommended that extension workers should emphasize on sweet potato production
competencies during training and retraining of the farmers and agricultural science teachers in
schools should integrate the identified competencies when planning their lessons.

Author Biography

P I NWOSU, PhD, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu

Department of Technology and Vocational Education

Published
2019-11-17
Section
Articles