Nigerian rice farmers' use of indigenous agricultural practices. (64)


Oryza sativa
Indigenous agricultural practices
Farmers' practices
Multi-stage sampling

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Nigerian rice farmers’ use of indigenous agricultural practices. (64). (2003). Tropical Agriculture, 80(1).


This study examined the use of indigenous agricultural practices among Nigerian rice farmers. A sample of 376 farmers was selected for the study, using a multi-stage sampling technique. The results showed that the indigenous agricultural practices used by Nigerian rice farmers included mixed and relay cropping practices (85.6%), hand weeding (92.0%), cutting of rice heads with a sickle or knife (100%), further sun-drying of the cut rice heads (100%), and threshing by beating the rice heads to remove grains (97.5%). The partial regression coefficients of the independent variables showed that the number of sources of information (b = -1.18), frequency of contact with extension agents (b = -1.02), attitude to innovations (b = -0.33), and socioeconomic status (b = -0.09) were the significant (P = 0.01) predictors of farmers' levels of use of indigenous practices in rice production.