Farmers’ Awareness of the Effects of Climate on Growth and Yield of Potato (Solanum Tuberosum) in Jos-South Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Volume 4, Issue 4, August 2015, Pages: 179-183
Received: Jul. 2, 2015; Accepted: Jul. 13, 2015; Published: Jul. 28, 2015
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Wuyep Solomon Zitta, Department of Geography, Plateau State University Bokkos, Nigeria and Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Samuel Akintayo Akinseye, Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Yakubu Pwajok Mwanja, Department of Microbiology, Plateau State University Bokkos, Nigeria and Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
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Abstract
This study assessed farmers’ knowledge on the effect of climate on growth and yield of potato in Jos -South Plateau State. The instrument of data collection used for this study include structured questionnaire. Purposive sampling design was followed in the selection of 200 farmers. The study was undertaken in four districts of Jos- South (Du, Vwang, Kuru and Gyel). One village was selected from each district using the simple random technique to avoid bias. Primary data collected from the farmers include socio-economic characteristics such as gender, age, marital status, years of farming experience as well as relevant questions in order to assess farmers’ knowledge on the effect of climate on growth and yield of potato. Descriptive techniques of data were employed such as simple percentages to describe the knowledge of the respondents. Findings indicate that farmers have good knowledge of the effect of climate on growth and yield of potato. The effect identified includes reduced yield due to excessive rainfall during tuber bulking stage. The disease by late-blight is the most important disease that reduces the yield in the study area. It reduces between 40-80% of the total yield. However, there is need for adequate knowledge of the effect of climate on potato and adaptative strategies.
Keywords
Climate, Farmers, Potato, Knowledge, Awareness, Yield
To cite this article
Wuyep Solomon Zitta, Samuel Akintayo Akinseye, Yakubu Pwajok Mwanja, Farmers’ Awareness of the Effects of Climate on Growth and Yield of Potato (Solanum Tuberosum) in Jos-South Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Vol. 4, No. 4, 2015, pp. 179-183. doi: 10.11648/j.aff.20150404.15
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