Rural Agricultural Development Scheme by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Rural Community Development in Bayelsa State

By Dr Sunday Simeon Adaka & Dr Ekpenyong David Oboqua


The study examined rural agricultural development scheme by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and rural community development in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. One null hypothesis was formulated to guide the study. Ex-post facto research design was adopted for the study, and stratified and simple random sampling techniques were used in selecting 338 respondents. A 15-item questionnaire titled: Rural Agricultural Development Scheme and Rural Community Development Questionnaire (RADSRCDQ) was used for data collection. The instrument was validated and the reliability estimate, using test retest reliability method, ranged from 0.69 to 0.85. The hypothesis was tested at .05 level of significance using Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient. The result showed that there was a significant relationship between rural agricultural development schemes and rural community development. Based on the findings of the study, recommendations were made, among others, that more agricultural extension programmes should be extended to all localities in the state. This will be of greater benefit to the inhabitants of the state especially the farmers.

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