Assessment of Sorghum/Soybean Farmer’s Perception on the Benefits of Strip Intercropping Techniques In Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State, Nigeria

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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume V, Issue III, March 2021 | ISSN 2454–6186

Assessment of Sorghum/Soybean Farmer’s Perception on the Benefits of Strip Intercropping Techniques In Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State, Nigeria

IMAM A. B*, Ogundele O. T, Elachi M. S, Bogunmbe A. A
Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria
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Abstract: The study assessed sorghum/soybean farmer’s perception on the benefits of strip intercropping techniques in Tofalocal government area of Kano State, Nigeria. Data for the study was obtained through the use of structured questionnaire administered on seventy-five(75) respondents. Two specific objectives were raised; to determine the benefit derived by sorghum/soybean strip intercropping farmer before adoption and after adoption in terms of output and to describe sorghum/soybean farmers’ perceptions on other benefits of strip intercropping techniques and sources of information regarding the techniques. Result of study shows that100% ofthe respondents practiced sorghum/soybean strip intercropping techniques at 4:4 crop arrangements where TGX-1835-10E and TGX-1448-2E soybean varieties and CSR01, SK, ICSV400 and GAYA EARLY sorghum varieties were used for the period of 4 years, giving rise to 2-rotations.The study revealsed that there was high increase in the level of output gotten by the farmer, soil fertility restored, incidences of pest and disease infestation reduced and reduction in maturity periods of crops. The problems reported were that of the first and third sorghum varieties given (SK and ICSV400 sorghum varieties) in which the former displays a misfit to their ecology and the latera short stalk and small seeds similar to their local varieties, and also constraint of not having basic farm inputs to carry out their farming activities was also reported and a meager cases of insect pest infestation. Conclusively, this technique is highly beneficial to the farmers in the study area. It is therefore recommended that inputs should be made available to these farmers before the rainfall season.

Keywords: Sorghum, Soybean, Intercropping, Farmer’s Perception

I. INTRODUCTION

Agriculture is the oldest occupation of man. It is important for many reasons; it is an important source of food for humanand livestock; it provides employment for over seventy percent of the population as well as being an important source of revenue. It provides raw materials to our industries and it is a good source of foreign exchange to the country (Carsky, 2015). The development of any country is very much dependent upon the away and manner in which such a country develop its agricultural policies