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Articles by Emmanuel Ukpe
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  Emmanuel Ukpe and S.M.F.D. Syed Mustapha
  Agricultural economic development and survival depend on the ability of the people to learn about their environment. Understanding an environment is influenced by learning which focuses on the capacity to sense dissonance in the interaction between the people, the environment and to devise appropriate response for alleviation. Proper response brings about intellectual assets which provides the foundation to learn, understand and respond to areas of necessity. This research considers agricultural knowledge as an elusive commodity because it is held subconsciously in our tacit state of mind. The notion of knowledge offers numerous definitions and interpretations of which offer valuable perspectives and insights. Of particular interest for this article is crop model, specifically cassava crop. Cassava production, especially which is meant for the regulated market requires an expert that involves specific laid down procedures. The fact that Cassava can be converted to numerous end products such as flour, cake, starch, chemical, fuel to name a few, means that Cassava production and processing which could satisfy best practice standards would be a tough task, especially for a small-scale farmer. This study tends to describe the process involved in Cassava production and processing in the idea of not only building a knowledge model that will assist the farmer to comprehend easily such process but also to guide the development of an ontology development tool that can capture agricultural processes. The emphasis of this paper is on knowledge modeling.
  Emmanuel Ukpe and Syed Mustapha
  Limited access to complete cassava processing information has affected the motivation to farm and the quantity of Cassava harvested annually in Nigeria. Some of this vital information is found mostly in tacit knowledge of the experience farmers, in manual records at the agricultural extensions, Federal government ministries/agencies, States agriculture department leaflets, on radio and television agricultural programs. Limited access to cassava information is mainly due to the unstructured and diverse format, lack of awareness by the farmers, whom mostly are based in the rural settings. Thus, the need to provide important cassava and other agricultural information to the farmers cannot be overemphasized. To enable cassava farmers to meet their goal of bountiful yield and quality production; cassava knowledge should be provided both in a generic and context-specific manner. One way to address this limited access and information sharing on agriculture is to develop Cassava ontology which specifically addresses entire cassava processes. The proposed ontology will integrate local characteristics regarding culture, language, climate, market and cassava plant varieties The farmers desire for context-specific information prompted the design for a knowledge base for cassava crop. This study presents a database with contextual information and ontological approach designed to meet information needs of the cassava farmers. Presently, no Cassava ontology or any other related tubers have been constructed in Nigeria. We believe this study would guide the construction of other crop knowledge base, in Nigeria and the domain of agriculture.
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