The contribution of Secondary School agricultural knowledge in farm business management to farmers in Uasin-Gishu County, Kenya

This paper examines usefulness of secondary school agricultural knowledge in farm business management to small-scale farmers in rural Kenya. The study focused on the contribution of secondary school agriculture knowledge on rural agricultural productivity. The research used ex-post facto design. The author adopted the proportionate sampling technique. A total of 200 farmers were interviewed: 49 % of the farmers had obtained agriculture knowledge while 51% did not obtain agriculture knowledge at secondary school. The Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The observation showed that farmers with secondary school agriculture knowledge perform better in crop and livestock management as compared to farmers without the secondary school agriculture knowledge. As such there is need to ensure that the mechanism is set in place to see into it that the time set for practical agriculture lessons indicated in the timetable is actually used for the purpose intended. The results from the study indicate that the learners are handy in most of the crop and livestock management skills. The study contributes to economic development in the sense that having been established that students who study agriculture in secondary schools become better farmers, then more students would be encouraged to take the subject so that they become better farmers and hence producers of agricultural products.

Keywords: Agricultural Education, Contribution, Small Scale Farmers, Farm Business, Management