Perception : A Determinant of Scientists’ Participation in Agricultural Biotechnology Research and Development

Thomas Ayo Adisa, Adegbenga E Adekoya, Udom E Inyeneh, Isaac Auta Toro, Edore Thomas Akpokodje, Kevin Akut, Eddy Onemolease, Aderanti Aderinto


The perception of scientists was assessed to determine how it affects their participation in agricultural biotechnology Research and Development. Six Universities were selected, comprising 2 Federal Universities, 2 State Universities, 1 University of Agriculture, 1 University of Technology. Nine Research Institutes were purposively selected to represent different research mandates. The total number of respondents for the study were 148. A structured questionnaire was used. Majority of the respondents (89.9%) were favorably disposed towards agricultural biotechnology. There is no significant relationship between sex (?2=2.97, p > 0.05), marital status (?2=2.495, p 0.05), and qualification (?2=3.032, p > 0.05) and scientists perception about agricultural biotechnology. Religion significantly affects scientists perception (?2=21.44, p>0.05). Scientists perception about agricultural biotechnology does not significantly affect participation (r=-.024, p <0.05). Efforts to build capacity for agricultural biotechnology Research and Development must leverage on the positive perception about the innovation among scientists in the National Agricultural Research System.

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