Global Advanced Research Journal of Agricultural Science (GARJAS) ISSN: 2315-5094
December 2016 Vol. 5(12): pp. 431-439
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Factors Affecting Watermelon (Citrullus Vulgarus) Production among Farmers of Gada Community, Kazaure Local Government Area, Jigawa State.

Chamo, A.M, Sabo, B. B., Karaye, A.K and Rabiu, A.M.

 

Jigawa Research Institute, Kazaure, Jigawa State, Nigeria

Email: bashirsabo@yahoo.com

Accepted 27 December, 2016

 

Abstract

The study was carried out to examine factors affecting watermelon production among farmers of Gada community, Kazaure Local Government, Jigawa State. Structured questionnaires consisting of closed and open-ended questions were administered to fifty farmers who were involved in watermelon production in the community. Simple randomised sampling (SRS) was employed as sampling technique. The data obtained were analysed using descriptive statistics consisting of frequency distribution and percentages. Results indicate that majority of the farmers are young and they are capable of adopting innovation; more than half of the farmers had attended only secondary school. This indicates that the male youths with low level of formal education dominate the watermelon production in the area. The major constraints to watermelon production in the area consist of insect pests and diseases, lack of credit facilities, absence of co-operative societies, and price fluctuation. Affordable credit facilities, provision of good extension services and provision of agricultural subsidies to farmers were recommended for profitable watermelon production in the study area.

Keywords: atermelon, farmers, demonstration, production.


 

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