Analysis of Input-Output Relationship of Sorghum Production Among Women Farmers in Potiskum Local Government Area of Yobe State, Nigeria
Journal of Agricultural Economics, Environment and Social Sciences
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Keywords

Sorghum
Women Farmers
Potiskum
Yobe State

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Y. M. Bulama, M. A. Jimme, & S. M. Dahiru. (2018). Analysis of Input-Output Relationship of Sorghum Production Among Women Farmers in Potiskum Local Government Area of Yobe State, Nigeria . Journal of Agricultural Economics, Environment and Social Sciences, 4(1), 69-78. Retrieved from https://jaeess.com.ng/index.php/jaeess/article/view/8

Abstract

The study investigated the economics of sorghum production among women farmers in study area. Specific objectives included description of the socio-economic characteristics of the women famers; determination of the Input-output relationship of sorghum production; and identification of the constraints affecting women famers. Primary data were collected from 45 respondents using random sampling technique. Descriptive statistics and regression analysis were the analytical techniques used. Results of the socio-economic characteristics revealed that majority (79.6%) of the respondents were aged 31-40 years, 81.8% of them were married women, 55.5% of the respondents had informal form of education, 65.9% were house wives, 90.9% have household size of less than 6 people to 10 persons and most (72.7%) of the farmers take farming as their main occupation, most (72.7%) of the farmers had farm size less than 2 hectares and majority (72.7%) used family labour. Most of the farmers (45.5%) had farming experience of 6 – 10 years and all the farmers (100%) were farming for subsistence purpose. About 86.3% fund their farm activities through personal savings and 70.5% practiced mixed cropping and intercropped sorghum with cowpea. The results of input-output relationship showed that the coefficients of farm size, fertilizer and labour were positive and statistically significant while the coefficients of years of farming experience and quantity of seed were not significant. The coefficient of quantity of seed was also negative. The major problems militating against sorghum production were inadequate capital, high cost of inputs, poor storage facilities and pest and diseases. The study therefore recommends that enough inputs should be provide and subsidized at affordable rate to women farmers by the government. The farmers should also form a cooperative society to purchase inputs in bulk and get access to credits.

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