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The Effectiveness Of National Root Crop Research Institute (Nrcri) Selected Technologies In Poverty Alleviation Among Rural Households In Abia State, Nigeria

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Effectiveness, Technology, Poverty, Alleviation and Rural Household



This study evaluated the effectiveness of National Root Crop Research Institute (NRCRI) selected technologies in poverty alleviation among rural households in Abia state, Nigeria. Purposive and multi-stage sampling techniques were used in selection of Umuahia agricultural zone which is the host zone to NRCRI and sixty (60) rural farmers from the study area were selected. Data were collected using structured questionnaire and analyzed with descriptive statistics, poverty gap analysis, and one sample Z-test and ANOVA. The result shows that farmers identified; yam of mini sett ( =2.07) as an improved yam technology; provision of improved technology of cocoyam ( =4.23), provision of improved technology of sweet potatoes ( =6.52), advisory services on other improved technologies ( =8.32), agro-processing improvement services ( =10.77) and advisory service on stem cutting and planting pattern ( =0.62) were the various technologies provided by NRCRI. NRCRI technologies were effective in reducing the cost of purchasing root and tuber crops ( =3.2); producing disease resistance, early maturing and large yield root and tuber crops ( =3.4) were effective means to alleviate poverty by NRCRI. The study further, shows that improved cassava varieties TMS ( =2.7) and NR ( =2.6) were adopted by farmers and improved varieties yam; Dioscorea rotundata ( =3.0) was adopted. The results of the one sample z-test showed that there were significant difference between the mean scores response of the respondents on the various questions raised on the NRCRI technologies effectiveness in alleviating poverty were significant at 1% respectively . The result showed that the mean score on the level of adoption of improved variety TMS in the study were 1.00±.000b and 1.30±.070b was at the same level of adoption while, mean scores NR were 1.15±.154a, 2.11±.048a and 3.00±.000a respectively and the Duncan multiple range test used as mean separation technique show that there is a significant difference (F-ratio 3.295) among the level of adoption. The various technologies developed and disseminated should be sustained and more farmers should encouraged to adopt the disseminated technologies, since the poverty incidence was high and Government should construct roads to link farms in other to enable farmers transport their produce.



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