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Articles by D.O. Torimiro
Total Records ( 2 ) for D.O. Torimiro
  B.J. Amujoyegbe , D.O. Torimiro , M.T. Ige , S.K. Subair , N. Tselaesele , T.V. Balole and U. Batlang
  Sunflower is an alien crop to the tropical and subtropical Africa, especially Nigeria and Botswana. The crop has potential for enhancing farmers’ economic condition if integrated into the existing traditional farming system. Popularization of sunflower intercropping with arable crop production in Nigeria and Botswana using ICT support system was then conceived in this project with a view to collecting and assessing information on production method, processing and marketing with the aim of increasing farm income among the small holder farmers. An E-agriculture model of establishing Young Animators Club to play the role of extension workers was adopted and a total of 200 smallholder farmers (with at least 1 ha of farmland) were randomly selected alongside the 10 young animators in junior secondary schools and four extension workers purposively selected for the project from the two countries. With the backdrop of inadequate and very low extension farm-family ratio, high illiteracy level prevailing among the small holder farmers and zero assess to ICT which have resulted to very low productivity and poverty, ICT structural capacities were built for selected schools. An articulated Sunflower Farmers’ Association (SFA) was formed in two separate agro-ecological regions of Nigeria and Botswana while accompanying Young Animator Club was formed to collate, disseminate information from the selected extension workers to the SFA. The project revealed a high enthusiasm on the part of the selected students and farmers resulting to 98% participation by the participants in all the agro-ecologies of the two countries. Awareness of sunflower intercrop with arable crops increased significantly among farmers while the use internet to assess information on production practices was also improved. Impact assessment of the use of ICT to support sunflower popularization revealed a significant increase in farmers’ income due to their involvement in the project. Although, the adoption experiences varied at different locations in the two countries, the emerging use of hand phone seems to be most effective in information gathering and dissemination among the participatory members of the project. The use of ICT proved to be very effective in popularizing a crop within an intercropping regime.
  S.M. Odeyinka , D.O. Torimiro , J.O. Oyedele and V.O. Asaolu
  This study investigated the crop farmers’ (who are also rearing sheep and goat) perception of Moringa oleifera in Osun, Ekiti and Oyo states of southwestern Nigeria. Specifically, it identified the farmers’ socio-economic attributes; their awareness, knowledge and willingness to plant Moringa oleifera and also established the relationship between their perception of the plant and some of their selected socio-economic characteristics. Pre-tested and validated structured interview schedule was designed and used to elicit information from one hundred and thirty-nine farmers that were identified across the region using snow-ball technique, aside the presentation of the plant (Moringa oleifera) to individual farmers for identification. Also, unstructured key informants’ interviews were conducted to probe into some of the issues that were not satisfactorily buttressed during the administration of structured interview. Simple descriptive statistical techniques such as frequency counts, percentages, mean and bar chart were used to summarize the data collected, while the Pearson correlation and Chi square analyses were, respectively, used to establish the relationship and association between the respondents’ perception of Moringa oleifera and some of their selected socio-economic characteristics. Majority of the farmers in this region were male (59.71%), Christians (81.29%) and educated (Over 60.00%) with 51 years mean age and N177, 639:00 mean income per annum. The study further revealed that many (61.87%) of the farmers was ignorance of the plant, that is, they could neither identify the plant physically nor by name. However, most (92.80%) of them indicated their willingness to cultivate the plant if introduced to them. Farmers’ gender and years of knowledge of Moringa oleifera were found to significantly influence their level of perception of the plant. Popularization of the plant was, therefore, suggested using on-farm adaptive research.
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