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Global Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development

ISSN: 2408-5480 Vol. 5 (2), pp. 561-566, February, 2017                                                             

 

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Adoption of new technologies by exposing farmers to new information and technical skills

 

Jacobs Pienaar Makeba

 

Accepted 26 January, 2017

This paper investigated the role extension services plays in climate change adaptation in Limpopo province in South Africa. A representative sample of 300 farmers aged 16 to 65+ years (46% males and 54% females) participated in the study. The study involved Sekhukhune and Capricorn districts, with 56% farmers in Capricorn and 44% in Sekhukhune district. The following 10 local municipalities were visited: Elias Motsoaledi, Makhuduthamaga, Fetakgomo, Ephraim Mogale, Tubatse, Lepelle Nkumpi, Blouberg, Aganang, Polokwane, and Molemole. The research was analysed with software package for social scientists (SPSS). The following analyses were done: Descriptive analysis and Univariate analysis. The results showed that there is a great association among gender, employment, information of climate change, adaptation to climate change, information received through extension services, food scarcity, food security and agricultural production.

Key words: Climate variability, climate change, extension services, agricultural production, Limpopo province, South Africa.