PERCEIVED EFFECTIVENESS OF ZAMFARA COMPREHENSIVE AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION PROGRAMME (ZACAREP) IN ACHIEVING FOOD SECURITY IN ZAMFARA STATE
Keywords:Effectiveness, ZACAREP, Food Security, Crop Production, Capacity Building
This study examined the perceived of effectiveness Zamfara Comprehensive Agricultural Revolution Programme (ZACAREP) in achieving food security in Zamfara State, Nigeria. The study focused on ZACAREP effectiveness in terms of crop production, crop intensification and capacity building of medium and small scale farmers in achieving food security. This study adopted a descriptive survey research design. The population of this study consisted of 897 farmers and 250 agricultural extension workers) making a total of 1147 population under the ZACAREP programme from the 14 LGAs in Zamfara State. The sample size of 291(117 farmers and 74 agricultural extension workers) was determined through the Research Advisors (2006) table at 5.0% Margin of Error and selected through purposive sampling technique. The instrument for data collection was structured questionnaire titled “Perceived Effectiveness of Zamfara Comprehensive Agricultural Revolution Programme Questionnaire (PEZACAREPQ). The reliability test was done and overall reliability value obtained was 0.81. Mean statistics was used to analyze data related to the research questions raised in this study. The findings of this study revealed that ZACAREP was slightly effective in improving crop production (aggregate x = 2.0); slightly effective in crop intensification (aggregate x = 1.3); and
Slightly effective in training of frontline extension staff and farmers for effective technology in achieving food security (aggregate x = 1.9). This study concluded that ZACAREP has not been very effective in ensuring that food security is achieved in Zamfara State. This study recommended among others that the Zamfara State Government should intensify efforts and supports through ZACAREP in providing modern technology for farmers to enable them improve crop production in achieving food security in the State.
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