PLANTAIN AND BANANA PRODUCTION IN OWAN COMMUNITY OF EDO STATE:
OPPORTUNITIES AND LIMITATIONS FOR RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND
By Olajide-Taiwo, L. O. and O. Adebisi-Adelani
Extension Research Programme, National Horticultural Research Institute,
P.M.B. 5432, Idi-Ishin, Ibadan
Journal of Applied Agricultural Research 2010, 2: 11-19
© Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, 2010
The study determined the principal characteristics, opportunities and production constraints of plantain and banana in Owan Community of Edo State, Nigeria. A combination of Participatory Rural Appraisal/ Participatory Learning and Action (PRA/PLA) and structured interview schedule were used for this research. Sixty eight (68) randomly selected plantain/banana farmers comprising male and female were interviewed. Data were analysed using frequency counts, percentages and Chi square. Most (85.3%) of the farmers were involved in plantain/banana production to continue with family occupation. Other benefits include better nutrition (47.1%) and income generation (45.6%) among others. The most limiting constraint to plantain/banana cultivation in the community is lack of improved planting materials (57.4%). Other important constraints are insufficient extension support (54.4%) and inadequate access to research results (47.1%).The topmost priority training need among the farmers is how to control pests and diseases. Farmers in the community are oblivious of the several improved technologies developed by NIHORT on plantain and banana. They expressed interest to collaborate with the National Horticultural Research Institute in the area of on-farm demonstration and training. Benefits from plantain and banana production was significantly (p < 0.05) affected by respondent level of education and ability to write, speak and read major Nigerian languages. There is an urgent need for capacity building programme among the farmers. Area of training should be focused on integrated pest management and agronomic management practices for profitable and sustainable production of plantain and banana in the community.