Mustapha, S. B., Alkali, A., Nwaydo, N. C. and Mbusube and B. G
Abstract: The study assessed extension service delivery on dry season onion production in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigeria. Data for the study were obtained mainly from primary sources. Multi-stage and random sampling technique was employed to select 128 respondents for the study. Descriptive statistics was employed to analyse the data. The results showed that half (50.00%) of the respondents age ranges between 20 and 30 years whereas, those who range between 31 and 40, 41 and 50, and 51 and 60 years were 28.10%, 12.50%, and 9.40% of them respectively. Majority (73.40%) of the respondents was male and female were only 26.50% of them. The results also, indicated that most (56.20%) of the farmers use oxen plough for their land preparation and tilling. More (43.80%) of the respondents revealed their perception on the performance of extension services as high, while those who perceived extension services as medium and low were 35.9% and 20.3% of them respectively. The extension agents were believed to perform effectively by majority (78.10%) of the respondents to meet multi-sectional needs of the farmers. The respondents indicated poor storage facilities as the most serious problem ranking first and high cost of fertilizers by 62.50% of the respondents, which was ranked second. The study recommended that improved onion storage facilities and improved information on onion storage should be disseminated through extension services in the study area.
Keywords: Assessment, Extension services, Dry season, Onion production, Nigeria 141
Volume 3, Issue 2, 2016