An Assessment of the Graduates of College of Agriculture, Lafia-Nasarawa State as Effective Extension Agents

An Assessment of the Graduates of College of Agriculture, Lafia-Nasarawa State as Effective Extension Agents

Abstract

This Study is an attempt to assess the effectiveness of the graduates of the College of Agriculture, Lafia in Nasarawa State as extension agents. In doing this, the opinion of the graduates and that of their employers and the farmers were sought using structured questionnaires. The survey conducted revealed that the graduates of the College were satisfied with the training they have received from the College and also found the training received to be relevant to their Jobs. Most of the graduates employers also considered the graduates training to be adequate, also most of the farmers testified that the graduates have good human relations and considered extensors services render-ea by the graduates to be of help for them to adopt agricultural innovations. But the research discovered that 50.7% of the farmers were not satisfied with the graduates interaction with them, hence 53.4% of them patronized their fellow farmers for information of improved agricultural practices, despite the fact, that the graduates use various channels of communication to disseminate information of improved agricultural practices to them (farmers). The study finally recommends the following for the improvement of the training of the graduates and for the effectiveness of their performance as extension agents. More funds should be made available to the College, the number of agricultural colleges should be reduced. There should be a definite policy that would create gainful employment for the graduates. Farmers should have access to rural banks and there should be constant refresher courses for the graduates and their instructors




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