Appropriate Technology for Cassava Processing in Nigeria: User’s Point of View
Author(s)Odebode, Stella O.
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AbstractThis study examined appropriate agricultural extension technological needs of users in cassava processing activities in Nigeria. Purposive sampling technique was used in selecting 160 participating and non-participating users making a total of 320 users in Oyo state. Data was collected with Interview Schedule and analysed using chi-square and t-test. (58%) of women (users) use traditional processing equipments in cassava processing. Improved processing technologies used include vibrating sieve, abrasive peeler, motorised grater, drum drier, and screw-jack. Processed cassava products include “gari,” “lafun,” starch, and “fufu.” Significant relationships exist between the use of improved technologies for processing and age (X2 = 6.15, p= 0.05), educational Status (X2= 5.80, p= 0.05), religion (X2= 12.20, p= 0.05) and type of technology utilized. Significant difference exists between mean adoption scores of participating and nonparticipating users (t= 6.53, p= 0.05). Problems encountered by the users include high cost of processing equipment, transportation difficulties, poor infrastructural facilities, shortage of labour, poor access to market, lack of fund and poor shortage facilities. Time-saving and simpler prototype processing equipment should be introduced to the users of cassava processing technologies during extension training.