Sources of Awareness and Perception of the Effects of Climate Change among Sesame Producers in the Southern Agricultural Zone of Nasarawa State, Nigeria
Journal of Agricultural Extension
The study was conducted to determine the sources of awareness of climate change and ascertain the perception of the effects among sesame producers in the Southern Agricultural Zone of Nasarawa State, Nigeria. A multistage random sampling technique was used in selecting 180 sesame farmers that participated in the study. Descriptive statistics were used in analyzing data. Major results show that both males and females mostly (40%) between the ages of 31-40 years were involved in sesame
... n sesame production. The level of education was low. Increased rains, insect infestation and torrential downpours were perceived as effects of climate change. Sesame farmers' had adapted to such changes through the use of chemicals, insect powders, early planting and early harvesting. Results also show that extension agents, radio and television were the major sources of awareness of the effects of climate change. The study concluded with the recommendation that farmers' awareness of the devastating effects of climate change is very critical for helping them adapt to climate change and need to be urgently strengthened by extension service so as to sustain sesame production even in the event of climate change.