International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.5(4),pp. 86-93, April 2017
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IJAPR/
Article 17/ID/JPR012/08/ pages
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Original Research Article
Cassava processors’ willingness to utilise cassava peel for mushroom production in Southwest, Nigeria
1*Odediran, O. F and 2Ojebiyi, W. G.
1Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO)
2Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
*Corresponding Author Email: oluwagbemiga2013(at)gmail.com
The study assessed the cassava processors’ willingness to utilize cassava peel for mushroom production in Southwest, Nigeria. Interview guide was used to elicit information from 200 cassava processors through multi-stage sampling procedure. The use of cassava peel for mushroom production was later demonstrated to 60 of the cassava processors in four locations agreed upon by the participants. Data were subjected to descriptive and inferential statistics. The results revealed that cassava processing was dominated by persons with formal education (77.0%), married (75.0%), female (76.5%) and members of cassava processors’ associations (89.5%) with mean age, processing experience and annual income of 53.01 years, 22.76 years and $2903 respectively. Majority (93.5%) were not aware of any cassava waste utilization technologies. Cassava processors showed strong desire to adopt the use of cassava waste for animal feed (mean = 2.20) and mushroom production (mean = 2.72). After method demonstration, 85.0% of the participating cassava processing households were willing to utilize cassava peel for mushroom production. Marketability (98.0%), compatibility with existing practice (92.2%) and affordability (88.2%) were among the reasons for the cassava processing households’ willingness to utilize cassava peel for mushroom production. Significant associations exist between awareness of cassava waste utilisation technologies and the choice of the use of cassava waste as animal feed (χ2 = 18.821, p<0.05) and use of cassava waste for mushroom production (χ2 = 18.821, p<0.05) among the cassava processing households. The study concluded that method demonstration aided the cassava processing households’ willingness to adopt the use of cassava peel for mushroom production and recommended among other things that method demonstration should be used while disseminating and teaching cassava processors and other rural dwellers new technologies.
Key words: Cassava peel, method demonstration, mushroom, utilization technologies, willingness to utilize