Effect of agricultural extension services on beneficiaries of the Nguni cattle project in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa: A case study of two villages

Author: L. Gwala, N. Monde & V. Muchenje
Year: 2016
Issue: 1
Volume: 9
Page: 31 - 40

The objective of the study was to determine the effect of agricultural extension services on beneficiaries of Nguni cattle project in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. A survey was conducted on 73 Nguni cattle project beneficiaries in Ncera and Kwezana communities of the Nkonkobe local Municipality. These communities were selected from a list of communities that benefited from the Nguni cattle project. Interviews were conducted at the community halls where the beneficiaries gathered. The questionnaire included the socio-demographic characteristics, questions on the quality of extension services offered and communication strategies adopted by extension officers to communicate with the beneficiaries of the Nguni cattle project. The results revealed that the majority (62.2 % Ncera and 75% Kwezana) of the beneficiaries were males between the ages of 60-79 years old. An association between gender and extension services was also observed. Lack of extension support services was the main challenge faced by farmers. It was concluded that extension services were not effectively addressing the needs of beneficiaries of the Nguni cattle project. However, there must be an effective way of monitoring and evaluating extension services delivery which will improve current and future extension service delivery to farmers so as to ensure provision of appropriate information and services enabling farmers to obtain good understanding of projects being initiated.

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