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Influence of Productivity Enhancing Farm Practices on Farmers Income in the Nigerian Sudan Savanna

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, NIGERIA
  • 2Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Abuja, Gwagwalada-Abuja, NIGERIA
  • 3Savanna Forestry Research Station, Samaru-Zaria, NIGERIA

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 2, Issue (10), Pages 1-4, October,8 (2014)

Abstract

This study investigates the productivity enhancing farm practices effect on farmersí income in the Sudan savanna belt of the northern part of Nigeria. Data were obtained from 110 farmers by use of structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and multiple regression. The result shows the average age of farmers in the study area to be 40.6 years as the average household size was found to be 10.2 ranging between 3-28 people. About 51% of the farmers are not learned in English language while also, over 50% have between weekly to monthly contact with extension services. The productivity enhancing farm practices like usage of chemicals, fertilizers, improved seeds, credit facilities, animal traction, tractor facilities, crop rotation practice, technical labor, storage practice and crop processing were assessed. The influence of these farm practices was found to be positive and significantly related to the farmersí income. Recommendations were made for farmers to adopt these practices and for improvement in extension linkages to sensitize small-scale farmers on the need for the adoption of improved farm practices.

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