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Volume 4 Issue 3 

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Original Article

Socio-Economic Determinants Of Extension Workers’ Job Performance In Abia State, Nigeria

O.O Ekumankama1, U. S Anyanwu2, V.A Chukwu3

This study ascertained the socio-economic determinants of extension workers’ job performance in Abia State, Nigeria. Primary and secondary data were collected with a structured questionnaire; from 86 respondents, which included 56 Extension Agents, 14 Block Extension Agents, 14 Block Extension Supervisors and 2 Zonal Extension Officers; and analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. These include frequency counts, percentages, means, and regression analysis. A null hypothesis was tested at 5% level of significance. The result of the socio-economic characteristics of the respondents shows that majority 50%, 35.7% and 44.6% of BESs, BEAs and EAs fall within active economic and productive age bracket of 35- 44 years; while the ZEOs were between 45-54 years. Most of the ZEOs (100%), BESs (85.7%) and EAs (48.2%) were males; except BEAs who was mainly females (80%).

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Review Article

Entrepreneurship in Economic Development of Malaysian Smallholder Farmers

Muhammad Firos Mustaffa1, Kuppusamy Singaravelloo2 and Azmah binti Haji Othman3

Agriculture is the fundamental pillar of human life in terms of food, financial and economic sources. Agricultural activity can become a business when the production of agricultural produce of farmers or traders not only exceeds the necessity of self-sufficiency but also when it is able to make a profit from its domestic markets and foreign exports. Agriculture entrepreneurship is seen as a business that augurs well to the entire community of the world, helping to bridge the socio-economic gap in societies, address poverty problems, create employment opportunities and contribute to the country’s economic growth.

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Original Article

Productivity and Some Competitive Relationships of Intercropping Soybean with Three Corn Cultivars under Alternating and Mixed Systems

AA Metwally1*, SA Safina1, MN Sherief2 and Dina RE Abo-Hegazy2

The present study was carried out at the experimental and research station, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt, during 2013 and 2014 summer seasons to evaluate land use efficiency and economic feasibility by intercropping soybean with corn varieties under high population densities of corn plants. Three corn varieties S.C. 128, S.C. 130 and Syn. Cairo 1 with soybean variety Giza 111 were tested under intercropping and solid plantings. Intercropping systems adopted were alternating 2:2 ridge and mixed one. Soybean plants were thinned to two plants at 15 and 20 cm between hills under intercropping and solid plantings, respectively. Meanwhile, corn plants were thinned to two plants per hill distanced at 30, 25 and 20 cm between hills under intercropping and solid plantings.

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