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South African Journal of Agricultural Extension

On-line version ISSN 2413-3221
Print version ISSN 0301-603X

Abstract

IGENE, L.; SEDIBE, M. M.; VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, C.  and  SOLOMON, O.. Constraints hindering processors' effective access to training programmes on modern shea butter processing in Niger state, Nigeria. S Afr. Jnl. Agric. Ext. [online]. 2018, vol.46, n.1, pp.26-33. ISSN 2413-3221.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2413-3221/2018/v46n1a420.

This study examined the constraints hindering processors' effective access to training on modern shea butter processing in Niger State, Nigeria. Primary data were collected using a structured questionnaire administered to 108 processors selected through a multistage sampling technique. The data collected was analysed using descriptive statistics. Results revealed that all the processors were females, young and married with a household size of 5-9 and a low educational status. Results also revealed that the majority (67.6%) of the processors were not aware of training programmes, while 72% of them had not accessed training programmes. The results further revealed that non-awareness of training programmes (χ2 = 2.95), inadequate information on available training opportunities (χ2 = 2.90), inappropriate time for training (χ2 = 2.87), and illiteracy (χ2 = 2.36) were the major constraints hindering processors' effective access to training on modern shea butter processing. Creation of adequate awareness and dissemination of information by extension officers, extension agents and women in agriculture (WIA) officers on training programmes through the use of mass media, postal and leaflets in the study area is recommended.

Keywords : Extension; constraints; access; training; modern technology; shea butter.

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