Agricultural Economics Research Papers/Topics

The Role of Women in Sustainable Conservation Agriculture as a Viable Alternative to Traditional Farming Practices in Imo State, Nigeria

This study examined the role of women in sustainable conservation agriculture as a viable alternative to traditional farmingpractices in Imo State. It analyzed specifically the; socio-economic characteristics of women involved in conservationagricultural practices, various forms of sustainable conservation practices/methods used by the women farmers, effect ofconservation practices on agricultural food crop production and the constraints confronting women farmers in the area.Multi-stage rando...

Productivity Differential of Selected Land Use Systems in Imo State, Nigeria

This paper examined the productivity differential of selected land use systems in Imo State, Nigeria. Structured questionnairewas used to collect data from 114 farmers using purposive sampling techniques. Data were analyzed using descriptivestatistics and partial and total factor productivity models. Results showed that over (45.6%) of the sampled farmers practicedcontinuous cropping relative to shifting cultivation and crop rotation system due to the limited supply of land prevalent inthe ar...

Analysis of the Influence of the Skills Acquisition Programmes of the National Directorate of Employment on Job Creation in Abia State, Nigeria

This study was conducted to assess the the skill acquisition programs of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) ingenerating employments by its beneficiaries in Abia state. The sample comprise of 108 beneficiaries, It also showed thatthe beneficiaries of the Agricultural Employment Programme (AEP) created the highest number of jobs by claiming40.79% of jobs created. Furthermore, beneficiaries of the vocational skills development generated 14.92% of the jobscreated among the 4 major skil...

Effects of Farm Inputs on Productivity of Farmers in Imo State, Nigeria

This study investigated the effects of farm inputs on productivity of farmers in Imo State, Nigeria. Multi-stage randomsampling technique was used to select 123 respondents for this study. Information on the objectives of this study wereelicited from the sampled respondents through a well structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptivestatistics such as the mean, frequency distribution, percentage and multiple regression model. Majority of the respondentswere males (52.0%), wit...

Determinants of Poverty among Arable Crop Farmers Using Sustainable Soil Management Techniques in Imo State, Nigeria

Low income of the arable crop farmers is sine qua-non to abject poverty associated with most of the farmers;hence the study evaluated the determinants of poverty among arable crop farmers using sustainable soilmanagement techniques (SSMT) in Imo State, Nigeria. Multi-stage random sampling technique was used toselect 209 arable crop farmers for this study. Information on the objectives of this study was elicited from thesampled respondents through a well structured questionnaire. Data were ana...

Economics of Processed Cassava Products In Imo State, Nigeria

This study evaluated the economics of processed cassava products in Imo State, Nigeria. Multi-stage random sampling technique was used to select 106 cassava processors for this study. Information on the objectives of this study was elicited from the sampled respondents through a well structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as the mean, analyses of variance and net returns model. The socio-economic features of the farmers reveals a mean age of 54 years, 4...

EFFECT OF LAND USE PATTERNS ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY IN IMO STATE , NIGERIA

The broad objective of this study was to analyze the effects of land usepatterns on agricultural productivity in Imo State . Primary data werecolleted using a set of structured questionnaire from one hundred andfourteen farmers who were selected using purposive sampling techniquesfrom the three agricultural zones of the state. Data were analysed usingdescriptive statistics and other appropriate statistical and econometrictools. Results showed that over (45.6%) of the sampled farmerspracticed ...

Effect of Oil Exploration on Socio-Cultural Issues in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria

This study examined the effects of oil exploration on socio-cultural issuesin Oguta local government area of Imo State, Nigeria. Cluster samplingtechnique was used to select 316 respondents for this study. Informationon the objectives of this study was elicited from the sampled respondentsthrough a structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptivestatistics such as the mean, frequency distribution, percentage and Likertscale. Multiple responses were recorded in terms of environme...

Gender Dimension in Agricultural Food Value Chain Development in Nigeria: The Women Perspective

Gender issues have taken a global dimension in the recent times especially in Nigeria. Women are increasingly being involved in agricultural food value chain which contributes to economic development. Policy agenda has for decades given priority to the production sphere, where men generally predominate, and has largely neglected processing and marketing activities, where women often play a key role. The paper draws on available empirical literature evidence for the study. Aggregate data shows...

COSTS AND RETURNS ANALYSIS OF COCOA MARKETING IN IKEDURU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF IMO-STATE, NIGERIA

The study is centered on the analysis of cocoa marketing in Ikeduru LocalGovernment Area of Imo State, Nigeria. The study was carried out usingmulti-stage cum random sampling techniques. This was informed by its abilityto minimize error and overcome bias. Data were drawn from a sample of59 farmers / marketers who produced and marketed cocoa pods / seedsduring the study period using a well structured questionnaire. Data wereanalyzed using descriptive statistics such as frequency tables, percen...

ANALYSIS OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC VARIABLES ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY OF SOME SELECTED ARABLE CROPS IN IMO STATE. NIGERIA.

The paper investigated the influence of socioeconomic variables on agricultural productivity ofsome selected arable crops in Imo State, Nigeria.Structured questionnaire were used to collect datafrom 92 respondents using purposive samplingprocedures. Furthermore, descriptive andeconometric tools such as the means, frequency,percentage, ANOVA and ordinary least squaremultiple regressions analysis were used to analyzethe data. Majority (77.2%) of the respondentswere females, with a mean age of 5...

FARMING RISKS AND SECURITY CHALLENGES IN VEGETABLE PRODUCTION IN ORLU, IMO STATE

Farming risk is a security challenge that reduces the actual outcome from farmersexpected outcome. Predominant farming risk is the reason for deviations from plannedproduction in Imo State. Food supply gap becomes reduced if the farming risk associatedwith vegetable production is reduced and the effect on output increased through thisstudy. A total of 152 farmers from 10 communities across three (3) local governmentareas of Orlu agricultural zone were used for data analysis. Data were obtaine...

DETERMINANTS OF ARABLE CROP FARMERS’ USE-LEVELS OF SUSTAINABLE SOIL MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES IN IMO STATE, NIGERIA

Efficient use levels of sustainable soil management techniques (SSMT) are sine qua-non for increased food production. Hence, the study assessed the determinants of use-levels of sustainable soil management techniques of arablecrop farmers in ImoState, Nigeria. Multi-stage random sampling technique was used to select 209 arable crop farmers for this study. Information on the objectives of this study was elicited from the sampled respondents through a well structured questionnaire. Data wereana...

Analysis Of The Influence Of The Skills Acquisition Programms Of The National Directorate Of Employment On Job Creation In Abia State.

The study assessed the the skill acquisition programs of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in generating employments by its beneficiaries in Abia state. The sample comprised of 108 beneficiaries, It also showed that the beneficiaries of the Agricultural Employment Programme (AEP) created the highest number of jobsby claiming 40.79% of jobs created. Furthermore, beneficiaries of the vocational skills development generated 14.92% of the jobs created among the 4 major skills acquisiti...

Effect of Consumer Bargaining Power on Price Flexibility of Rice in Imo State, Nigeria

The study examined the effect of consumer bargaining power on price flexibility of rice in Imo State, Nigeria. Data were drawn from the three agricultural zones in the State. A functional market in each of the zone was randomly selected. Primary data were obtained by means of interview schedule (questionnaire) administered to consumers of rice at retailers shops. Data were analyzed using descriptive techniques and ordinary least square (OLS) multiple regression analysis. The result showed tha...


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