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Evaluating effectiveness and constraints of private sector agricultural extension services of the Green River Project in Imo and Rivers States, Nigeria

Onyinyechi I. Ogbonna, Elizabeth A. Onwubuya, Oluwole M. Akinnagbe, Juliana C. Iwuchukwu
African Evaluation Journal | Vol 4, No 1 | a118 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aej.v4i1.118 | © 2016 Onyinyechi I. Ogbonna, Elizabeth A. Onwubuya, Oluwole M. Akinnagbe, Juliana C. Iwuchukwu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 February 2015 | Published: 16 August 2016

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Onyinyechi I. Ogbonna, Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Elizabeth A. Onwubuya, Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Oluwole M. Akinnagbe, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
Juliana C. Iwuchukwu, Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria


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Abstract

Background: Oil exploration operations decreased the cultivable lands of rural people in the study area, leading to the establishment of the Green River Project (GRP). This study assessed the effectiveness and constraints of private sector extension services of GRP in Imo and Rivers States, Nigeria.
Objectives: To analyse the roles and effectiveness of, as well as constraints to, the GRP in the area.
Method: A multistage sampling technique was used to select 120 respondents. Descriptive statistics, factor analysis, chi square and t-test were used to analyse the data.
Results: Roles of GRP in farming technologies dissemination included training of farmers on fish pond construction technique and maintenance of good pH levels. There was significant improvement in standard of living (X2 = 15.7; p ≤ 0.05) and size of production (t = 6.398; p ≤ 0.05) of the respondents after participation. In terms of the effectiveness of private sector deliveries on public policies, the programme had effect on beneficiaries’ access to credit, education of wards and poverty reduction. But it is worthy to note that the observed changes may not have been solely caused by the GRP, given that there could be many other factors affecting fish farming, either positively or negatively. Serious implementation constraints to effective performance of GRP included organisational, input and sustainability constraints.
Conclusion: It was recommended that there should be timely provision of sufficient inputs to farmers and measures to improve organisation of private sector extension services in the area in order to enhance development.

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Role; effectiveness; constraints

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