The Effect of Agricultural Development Project (ADP) on the Rural Farmers in Adamawa State, Nigeria

Type Journal Article - Asian Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development
Title The Effect of Agricultural Development Project (ADP) on the Rural Farmers in Adamawa State, Nigeria
Volume 2
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
Page numbers 405-410
Majority of communities in Nigeria are rural dwellers and
agrarian by occupation. Development strategy for a country
whose rural population are mainly farmers cannot be achieved
without first sustained growth in rural income and standard of
living primarily from agriculture. It was based on this that the
state wide Agricultural Development Project (ADP) was
established to raise productivity, income and standard of living
of rural farmers in Nigeria. This study assesses the effect of the
ADP activities on the wellbeing of the rural farmers in
Adamawa State, Nigeria. Data for this study were collect on
annual crop output, annual income, farm size, use of improved
technology, access to credit among farmers, farmers’ training
and rural infrastructure development. The data were sourced
using structured questionnaire and personal interviews. The
statistical analysis used to determine the effect to the project on
the participating farmers include, descriptive statistics and
comparability test for difference (T-test) analysis. The results
indicates that Adamawa ADP had positive and significant
impact on rural farmers productivity, income, access to credit,
standard of living as measured by assets ownership. However,
the project did not have significant impact on the rural
infrastructure, adoption of improved technologies and farm
sizes, even though the change from before and after ADP
activities was positive. The study recommends that much
attention should be paid to the provision of rural infrastructure
and the needed improved technologies. The study also
recommends that the two tiers of government in Nigeria should
adequately fund the project to efficiently cope with its
responsibility of developing the rural sector.

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