Integrity Research Journals

ISSN: 2636-6002
Model: Open Access/Peer Reviewed
DOI: 10.31248/GJEES
Start Year: 2016

Farmers’ perception of irrigated rice farming in Madaka Region, Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State, Nigeria   |   Article Number: EBF953DA2   |   Vol.8 (3) - August 2023

Received Date: 11 July 2023   |   Accepted Date: 19 August 2023  |   Published Date: 30 August 2023

Authors:  Ojeh, Vincent Nduka* , Mogborukor, Joseph Oghenero , Atuma, Morrison Ifeanyi , Akpoduado, Ovie Christiana , Boyitie, Paul Odiyirin , Arisabor, Lucky and Mamman, Magaji Kefas

Keywords: irrigation, production, challenges, rice., Farming, floodplain, Madaka region

Rice production in the Madaka region has benefited from the introduction of irrigation. Nonetheless, irrigation cultivation in the region is not without its difficulties. One difficulty is the cost of installing irrigation systems. The availability of water is another difficulty. The Benue River is a significant source of water for irrigation in the region, but its discharge can fluctuate seasonally. This can make planning irrigation activities problematic for farmers. Despite obstacles, irrigation cultivation is a crucial economic activity in the Madaka region. The study assessed the perceptions of irrigation rice farmers in the Madaka region, along the River Benue floodplain of Karim Lamido LGA of Taraba State, Nigeria. The study sought to assess the source of water supply, timing sequence for planting and harvesting, the level of farmers’ experiences and the type of irrigation best practiced to ensure sustainability in the study area. Data were collected from 69 irrigation farmers using structured questionnaires, and personal observation. Descriptive statistics (frequency and percentages) were used to analyse the data.  Findings revealed that 66.7% of the respondents were males as against female with 33.3%. Married farmers were generally few (39.1%) less than single farmers, accounting for 52.2%. The study identified lack of capital, access roads, modern irrigation facilities, fertilizer supply as well as lack of education as the significant constraints affecting the farming practice in the study area and recommended, among others, that agricultural extension services should be offered to the farmers on modern way and innovations of irrigation farming. In addition, indigenous farmers should be enlightened to practice dry season farming to boost the availability of rice products during the season.

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