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Articles by G.C. Onuekwusi
Total Records ( 3 ) for G.C. Onuekwusi
  G.C. Onuekwusi and L. Okorie Ijeoma
  The study surveyed the attitude of secondary school students in Abia State, toward a career in Agriculture. The specific objectives were to describe the socio-economic profile of participants, influences on career decisions, orientations after leaving school, level of encouragement to pursue a career in Agriculture (farming), Rating their attitude towards farming/agriculture. Sample population was 120 respondents and purposive and simple random techniques were used. Interview and questionnaire were also used in data collection. Major findings showed that the majority of the students were in the age group of 16-18 years, Majority, 51% of the students were female and 49% were male. The respondentsí background was rural (farming) and most of studentís parent engaged more in farming. About 74% were influenced by their parents, on career decision, 28% of respondents were to pursue a non-agricultural related university degree, 30% of respondents were having negative attitude towards farming/agriculture and 70% were having positive attitude towards farming/agriculture. Most affecting problems of the students were lack of sponsors, lack of agriculture teachers, lack of guardian counselors, lack of equipment and land. It was recommended that government and non-governmental organizations should work together to provide agricultural teachers and guardian counselors in various schools especially those in rural schools.
  O.O. Ekumankama and G.C. Onuekwusi
  The study compared the constraints to effective extension services of Agricultural Development Programmes (ADPs) in Abia and Akwa Ibom States. Data were collected from 20 Block Extension Supervisors (BESs) and 60 Extension Agents (EAs). Lack of adequate mobility for both EAs and BESs were ranked as the first and second major problems limiting effective extension services of ADPs by EAs in Abia and Akwa Ibom State ADPs. However, these problems were more pressing in Akwa Ibom State ADP compared with Abia State ADP. Inadequate in-service training courses for EAs and BESs were also ranked as the second major problem by EAs in Akwa Ibom State ADP. Lack of appropriate mobility for both BESs and EAs as well as inadequate number of EAs were the first three major problems constraining effective extension services of Abia State ADP respectively as ranked by BESs in Abia State ADP. In comparison, the first three major problems hindering effective extension services as ranked by BESs in Akwa Ibom State ADP were lack of appropriate mobility for EAs, lack of appropriate mobility for BESs and disrupted and delayed payment of salaries to EAs and BESs respectively. Inadequate field allowances to EAs and BESs was also ranked as third major problem by BESs in Akwa Ibom state ADP.
  E.O. Effiong and G.C. Onuekwusi
  The study estimated quantitatively the technical efficiency of production and its determinants in rabbit enterprise in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria employing a stochastic frontier production function approach. A total of sixty rabbit farmers across the six agricultural zones were purposively selected using a well structured questionnaire. Information were sought on the socio-economic characteristics and other quantitative variables of interest. The Maximum Likelihood Cobb-Douglas estimation procedure was used. Careful analysis revealed that labour, feeds/ feed supplements, feeder livestock purchased and farm size were major factors determining total output of the enterprise. The study also showed that membership of cooperative society, farm size, extension contact and gender significantly determine efficiency level in the study area. The maximum technical efficiency attained by the farmer is 92.0% while the minimum technical efficiency is 35.0%. The Mean Technical Efficiency (MTE) is 62.0%. The sum of output elasticities which denotes returns to scale is 1.24 signifying increasing returns to scale. In essence, the enterprise did not attain maximum production frontier. With respect to this findings, appropriate policy options and recommendations are fully made and if properly implemented would enhance efficiency of production in the enterprise through better use of available farm resources.
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