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Abstract

The study investigates sustainable agricultural development and grassroots information provision: an appraisal of information needs of Adani rice farmers in Enugu State of Nigeria. It catalyzes to achieve the sustainable development goals 1 and 2 as projected in 2030. The study adopted a descriptive survey design with a population of 500 rice farmers from the three villages in Adani. Sixty (60) rice farmers were randomly selected from each of the three villages summing up a sample size of 180 respondents. Questionnaire and interview were used for data collection. Data collected were analyzed using frequency count and percentage. The findings of the study revealed that 46.7% of the respondents have no formal education. The study shows that Adani rice farmers need information on the use of fertilizers, and on the control of pests, diseases and weeds; but due to the absence of library/information centres, lack of extension officers, and high rate of illiteracy, these information needs are far from being met. However, the study recommends the need for improved level of education among the rice farmers, establishment of public library in the study area and a dire need for the state government and policymakers to give support in the provision of farm implements such as mechanized farm machines, storage facilities, and electricity for improved farming. Adhering to the recommendations will create an agreeable atmosphere for sustainable agricultural development in Adani and Enugu State at large as it will improve the socio-economic well-being and the standard of living of the people of Enugu State.

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