Analysis of Support Service Needs and Constraints facing Farmers Under Land Reform Agricultural Projects in North West Province, South Africa
Sekoto, K. S.; Oladele, O., I.
Life Science Journal-Acta Zhengzhou University Overseas Edition 9(4): 1444-1452
The objective of the research was to analyze support service needs and constraints facing farmers under land reform agricultural projects in the Central district (Ngaka Modiri Molema) of the North West Province. The study covered the five (Ratlou, Tswaing, Mafikeng, Ditsobotla and Ramotshere) local municipalities of Ngaka Modiri Molema district in the North West Province of South Africa. Simple random technique (drawing from the hat method) was used to select 50 LRAD projects. Instrument of data collection was via structured and pre-tested questionnaire, the data was analyzed using the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS), regression analysis frequencies, mean and percentages. The study indicated that size of farms ranges from 6.6 - 1300 hectares. It was also evident that the project beneficiaries are faced with prominent constraints such as; lack of finance, poor building infrastructure, lack of fencing and poor input supply and these constraints have negative impact on the projects. Prominent support services needed by LRAD farmers are funding, building infrastructure, capital funds, farming infrastructure and inputs. The statistical analysis results have indicated that three of the seven variables were positive and one of the three variables was significantly associated with the probability of support services needs and constraints facing farmers under land reform agricultural projects. This is knowledge about extension officer. The regression results indicate that knowledge about extension officer (t = 2.452, p = 0.019) was highly significant. This variable tended to increase the chances of support services needs and constraints facing farmers under land reform agricultural projects. [Sekoto K S and Oladele O.I. . Life Sci J 2012;9(4):1444-1452] (ISSN:1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com. 221