Abuja Journal of Agriculture and Environment (AJAE)

THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE (WIA) IN AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD PRODUCTIONTECHNOLOGY AMONG WOMEN'S IN KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA
Author(s): Suleiman, R., Yusuf, H.O., Taiwo, A. and Awotodunbo, A.A
Volume/Issue: Volume 1 , Issue 2 (2021)

ABSTRACT:

The study focused on the role of Women in Agriculture (WIA) in agriculture and food production technology among women’s in Kaduna State. A multi-stage sampling procedure involving random and purposive sampling were employed in selection of 200 women farmers in four agricultural zones including: Maigana, Samaru, Birnin Gwari and Lere zones of Kaduna State. Data for the study was obtained with the uses of a well-structured questionnaire and interview scheduled. Descriptive statistics involving percentage distribution and rank was used to achieve objectives (i) and (iii), while inferential statistic of multiple regression analysis was employed to achieve objective (ii) of the study respectively. Result showed that the uses of drought resistance crops, modern method of fertilizer application and modern pesticide application practices were rank as 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Result also revealed that fish and oven dried fish production, cattle and ram fattening, the use of milking machine, record keeping and uses of socio-media in advertising products were also indicated by the respondents as agricultural technologies and food production practices. Results of socio-economic characteristics influencing technological transfer among the women shows that age, years of farming experience, marital status and household size were significant at (10%) level of significant. Also, access to market and rural infrastructure were significant at (1%) while education attainment was found to be significant at (5%) level of significant accordingly. High cost of technology, inadequate of extension service delivery, process involved in technology transfer, local peculiarities and differences, gender bias toward women in technology transfer and low level of women capital were of the problems associated with technology transfer among women. Based on these bottle- necks, it was recommended that women farmers should be: encourage to annex their resources together through cooperative society, facilitated process of developing awareness and capacity on gender issues, to bring about personal or behavioral and organizational change for gender equality. More so, government should: employ more agricultural extension agents to help in technology transfer to farmers, reduce the delinquent involved in farmers accessing loan from financial institution.

KEYWORDS:

Role, women, agriculture, technology, transfer, Kaduna State