The study was carried out in Ondo States, Nigeria to assess the willingness of farmers to pay for Agricultural extension services. Specifically, it ascertained the socio-economic characteristics of the farmers, ascertained willingness of the farmers to pay for agricultural extension services, identified agricultural extension services farmers are willing to pay for based on priority and how much farmers are willing to pay for such services were determined. A multi-stage technique was used in selecting 120 farmers. Primary data were collected using interview schedule, the instrument was subjected to face validity and reliability test. Data were analysed using descriptive statistical techniques such as frequency counts, percentages, mean statistics and Chi-square. Results indicated that the mean age of farmer was 52 years, majority (72.5%) were male, married (82.5%). The average household size was 6 persons and the mean farm size was 3 hectares. The average farming experience was 15 years while the farmers mean income was ₦149,458.00. The results further revealed that 57% of the respondents are not willing to pay for specified extension services due to low income from farming and Inconsistency in government policies, Only 43.0% are willing to pay for some services like personal visit to farmers, information on how and where to source for fund. Test of hypothesis shows that there was no significant association (P > 0.05) between the socio-economic characteristics and the willingness of farmers to pay for extension services. Therefore the possibility of economic return from a particular service is the major criteria of willingness of farmers to pay for these services. Hence extension services have to be professionally and competently delivered so that the farmers will be motivated to pay.
willingness to pay, farmers, agricultural extension services, Nigeria.
Adedoyin, S. F (1995). Non-Governmental Organizations in Agricultural Development:
The Experience of the Diocesan Agricultural Development Programme of the Catholic Diocese of Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria. Paper Presented at the Second Annual National Conference of the Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria. (AESON), held at NAERLS/ABU, Zaria Nigeria pp. 97-109.
AfricanDevelopment Bank (1997) African Development Report: Abidjan, ADB.
Akele S. A, Chukwu G. O (2004). Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Root and Tuber
Crop Production. Proceedings of 8th Triemual Symposium-International Society for Tropical Root Crops, African Branch (ISTRC AB) Ibadan. Nigeria pp. 116-119.
Amalu, U. C. (1998) Agricultural Research and Extension Delivery Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: Calabar University of Calabar Press.
Berhanu G, Hoekstra D, Azage T (2006). Commercialization of Ethiopian Agriculture: Extension service from input supplier to knowledge broker and facilitator. IPMS (Improving Productivity and Market Success) of Ethiopian Farmers Project Working Paper 1. ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute), Nairobi.
Bindlish, M. and Everson, R. E (1997). The Impact of T & V Extension in Africa: The experience of Kenya and Burkina Faso. The World Bank Observer: 12(2) 185-202.
Jacques van der Gaag (1995) Private and Public Incentives, Working Together for Health and Education. Washington D. C: World Bank pp. 150.
Okoye, C. U. (2002). On the measurement of the economic impact of agricultural extension and implications for its funding. Nigerian Journal of Agricultural Economics, (in press)
Okwu O. J, Ejembi E. P (2001). The Historical Development of Agricultural Extension in Nigeria. J. Sust. Trop Agric. Res. 2(3): 93 -99.
Saliu O. J, Agi A. I (2009). “Privatization of Agricultural Extension Services in Nigeria – Proposed Guidelines for Implementation”. J. of Sustainable Dev.in Africa. Vol 11(2):160 – 176.
Umali, D. D. (1997). Public and Private Agricultural Extension: Partners or Rivals? The World Bank Research Observer 12(2) 203 - 224.
Umali D. L, Schwartz .L (1994). Public and Private Agricultural Extension: Beyond traditional Frontiers. Discussion paper Washington, DC: World Bank Publication pp. 236.