E3 Journal of Agricultural Research and Development
E3 Journal of Agricultural Research and Development Vol. 6 (2) pp. 034-041, August 2016; © E3 Journals; ISSN 2276-9897
Assessing the effects of e-wallet scheme in farm inputs distribution to rural farmers in Imo State, NigeriaGODSON-IBEJI C.C1 * , CHIKAIRE, J.U1 , ANYAOHA N.O1
1 Department of agricultural extension, school of agriculture and agricultural technology (saat), federal university of technology, owerri (FUTO) Imo State Nigeria
*Corresponding Author E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted 30 June 2016
The study assessed the effect of e-wallet scheme in farm input distribution to rural farmers in Imo state of Nigeria. The main objective of the study was to assess the effects of e-wallet scheme in farm input distribution to rural farmers in Imo state .One hundred and eighty farmers were randomly selected from the three agricultural zones of Imo state with a multistage sampling technique. Data were analyzed by the use of descriptive statistical tools such as frequency distribution, percentages. The results from the study revealed that most of the farmers who benefited from the scheme were mostly young male farmers between the ages of 41-50 years with a mean of 45.5 years. They are also married with large mean household size of (M=10) persons but low educational status. The study also revealed that the benefits from the scheme included: quick accessibility of improved and subsidized farm inputs, increased production and resuscitation of farmersÎ„ confidence in government programmes. The challenges faced by the farmers included; telephone network failures, incompatibility of e-wallet with other technologies, low density coverage of agro dealers among others. The study concludes that there is need to enhance the productive capacity of rural farmers in Imo state so as to meet up with food security of the nation. The study recommends among others the improvement of rural telephone networking for improved interconnectivity between the helpline staff and the cellulants, also the scaling up of the quantity of input supply by the government to accelerate and increase the production capacity of the rural farmers in Imo state of Nigeria. Increasing productivity means ensuring food supply and food security.
Keywords: E-Wallet, Rural farmers, inputs distribution and effects.[Download Article - PDF]