Assessment of Opportunities and Constraints Associated with Maize Cribs Utilisation by Maize Producers in Southwest, Nigeria
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Keywords

Maize Crib
Traditional
Improved
Benefits
Constraints
Utilisation

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Benson, O. B., Agoda, S., Agboola, A. A, Olumon, A. Q, & Alarima, C.I. (2021). Assessment of Opportunities and Constraints Associated with Maize Cribs Utilisation by Maize Producers in Southwest, Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Economics, Environment and Social Sciences, 7(1), 218-232. Retrieved from http://jaeess.com.ng/index.php/jaeess/article/view/94

Abstract

The study was conducted in Southwest Nigeria to assess the opportunities and constraints
associated with traditional maize crib and improved maize crib (TMC and IMC) utilization by
maize producers. Proportionate sampling procedure was carried out on multi stage basis to
draw a sample size of 379 respondents. Using a validated and structured questionnaire as data
gathering tool, benefits associated with cribs utilization was measured on a three-point Likerttype
numerical scale 3-1 as highly beneficial (hb), beneficial (b) less beneficial (lb), with
constraints categorized as highly severe (hs), severe (s) and less severe (ls). Data was analyzed
using descriptive statistics involving frequency distribution, percentages and mean. Farmers’
socioeconomic analysis results reveal male as the dominant sex (84.2%), while majority
(87.5%) were married, with mean age of 48 years, average monthly income of N232,229.48 and
mean household size of 6 members. Likert scale mean results ranked cheap acquisition of TMC
and its ability to protect stored maize from excessive sunshine and heat as highly beneficial. The
constraint of direction of wind, rainfall and orientation of TMC was severe and of great concern
to the farmers. Durability of IMC and its ability to maintain moisture content over a period of
time was highly beneficial to maize farmers in the study area while lack of expertize to build
and position IMC was highly severe to more than half (52.3%) of the respondents. Cribs storage
technologies prove to be very beneficial to smallholder maize farmers for storage in periods
not exceeding six months. This study recommends training of maize farmers which could build
their capacity to overcome their stated constraints.

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