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probit). The result of level of participation showed about 44% of the participating sorghum
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two packages. The decision to participate in USAID MARKETS programme is significantly
determined by sex, primary occupation, marital status, household size and membership of the
cooperative while the intensity of participation is significantly determined by age, sex, primary
occupation, educational level, household size, farming experience, membership of cooperative and
access to credit. The propensity score matching (PSM) method was used in estimating the impact
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sorghum farmers where participants had an increase of 242kg/ha in output while the Potential
Outcome mean (POMean) was 2829kg/ha. The Nearest Neighbour showed an increase of
₦52,072/ha while the Potential Outcome means (POMean) was ₦89,732. The programme should
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