Research Papers/Topics in Agricultural Economics

Economic Analysis of Pig Production in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria

IntroductionAgriculture is a crucial sector that provides employment opportunities for majority of Nigerian, and is responsible for more than one-third of the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP), FAO (2012); Adetunji and Adeyemo, (2012) and Finlutell, 2013). The livestock sector is also crucial to the national economics development as it is themain supplier of the highly essential animal protein (Timidayo 2017, Ogbu, 2010).The livestock sector is also crucial to the national economics developm...

Market Age, Enterprise Size And Relative Efficiency In Broiler Production In Imo State Of Nigeria

The study focused on market age, enterprise size and relative efficiency in broiler production in Imo State . The main aim was to determine resource use efficiencies in broiler brooding and rearing enterprises as well as large-scale and small-scale outfits in the two enterprises. Using multi-stage sampling technique, the study area was zoned into three using the existing zoning arrangement of the Imo State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP). A total of nine L.G.As were randomly s...

Land Lease Market And Its Effects On Crop Production In Enugu State, Nigeria

ABSTRACT This study empirically assessed the effects of land lease market on crop production in Enugu State, Nigeria. The specific objectives were to: describe the socio-economic characteristics of crop farmers; identify the land tenure systems available in the study area; identify and describe the structure and conducts of land lease market; ascertain factors influencing land lease market; determine the influence of land lease forms and practices adopted by farmers on their net farm in...

Structure And Operation Of Rural Interest Rates In Savings Mobilization And Extension Of Credit In The Cross River State

ABSTRACTThis study has provided information on the structure and operation of rural interest rates in savings mobilisation and extension of credit in the Cross River State. A historical survey of interest rate in the Christian religion showed that the Church prohibited interest rates and established laws to discourage the giving and taking of interest, In the 11th Century however, there was a change in attitude towards charging interest when commerce began finding new channels and the ...

A Comparative Analysis Of Machine And Hand Picking Harvesting Method In Tea Production, A Case Of Southdown Estate, Chipinge

ABSTRACT For the past decades Southdown estate in Zimbabwe employed manual tea harvesting method, due to labour shortages and increase in labour costs tea harvesting became expensive. Although the estate adopted machine harvesting method in a quest to resolve imminent financial problems faced at Southdown the costs kept escalating. Therefore this study was undertaken to compare the two harvesting methods (hand harvesting method and machine harvesting method) in order to evaluate the cos...

Evaluation of Rural Credit Markets on Small Holder Farmers' Production and Income: (A Case of Ikwuano L.G.A. Abia State)

ABSTRACTThis study investigated the evaluation of rural credit markets in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State. The study focused on the financial lending institutions (formal and informal) that lend money to farmers, the differences in the lending conditions and amount of loan granted between the identified sources. Also, the impact Of the loan on the beneficiarieslevel of production and income. Data relevant to the study were collected through ...

An Assessment Of The Contribution Of Food Aid Programs To Household Food Security Of Smallholder Farmers In Buhera District, Zimbabwe

ABSTRACT The study was carried out in Buhera District in 2013. The aim of the study was to assess the contribution of food aid on food security. The study sampled 30 households using simple random sampling who are the beneficiaries of food aid. Food aid programme is widely debated in the world and has made many people to believe that food aid has a disincentive effect while others believe it is an essential tool for agriculture and food security development. For the past decade, food ai...

Climate Variability and Farm Technology Adoption Decisions among Smallholder Farmers in Pangani River Basin

AbstractClimate change is currently a serious threat for agriculture development and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate outlook for the 21st century, the future of maize production in Tanzania remains under threat due to more intense and frequent droughts, and more erratic rainfall patterns. Effective adaptation to these ongoing changes in climatic condition is key to securing food production and livelihoods for millions ...

Appraisal of Poultry Feeds Marketing in Anambra State, Nigeria

ABSTRACT This study examined the marketing of poultry feeds in Anambra State, Nigeria. The specific objectives were to: describe the socio-economic characteristics of the poultry feeds marketers; identify and describe the marketing channels for poultry feeds; describe the promotional activities adopted by these poultry feed marketers; assess the degree of market concentration among wholesalers and retailers of poultry feeds; determine the marketing margins for poultry feeds at wholesale...

Economic Assessment of The National Fadama Development Programme in Kano State : A Comparative Study of Beneficiaries And Non-Beneficiaries

ABSTRACT Fadama farming has contributed significantly to Nigeria’s agriculture in particular and the country in general, but the contributions have remained largely unmeasured. As a result, this study examined the influence of the National Fadama Development Project on Fadama farmers in Kano State. Primary and secondary data were sought. A set of questionnaires was developed and information was collected from 108 respondents who were randomly selected from the three agricultural zones...

An Analysis of the Financial Structure and Profitability of Rice Enterprise; The case of Adarice Project Participating farmers in Enugu State, Nigeria.

Abstract  In 1962, the Government of Eastern Region of Nigeria acquired two parcels of land measuring about 500 hectares each at Omasi and Adani at the Uzo-Uwani area of Enugu Province of Eastern Nigeria. The parcels of land were ear-marked for the establislln~ent of the former Um-Uwani Farm Settle~nerit Scheme. Progress in the establislinient of the scheme was interrupted by the Nigerian civil war as only two firm sctcleme:lt villages ou~ of the five proposed had been set up. ...

PRICE FLUCTUATION AND MARKET INTEGRATION OF SELECTED CEREAL IN NORTH-EASTERN NIGERIA, 2001-2010

ABSTRACT  Prices contain information crucial to maximizing the returns to production and marketing investments. At planting time, a farmer's planting decision depends on expected profits, which invariably hinge on the anticipated prices of the crop or mix of crops that would prevail in the market at the time of sale and on the farmer's interpretation of those prices. A trader, in search of profitable arbitrage, reads and translates price signals in deciding on what crops to buy, whe...

Cocoyam Marketing in South East Nigeria

ABSTRACT Cocoyam is highly perishable and considerable economic losses occur after it is harvested. This is a result of rot, sprouting and other physiological changes. These losses could be reduced through efficient storage, processing and marketing. This study is about the economic study of cocoyam marketing in southeast Nigeria. It specifically ranked market participants preference for cocoyam cultivars and the reasons for such preferences. It showed the main marketing channels and so...

Comparative Advantage And Rice Policy in Ghana

ABSTRACT ASSUMING-BREMPONG, SAMUEL, University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB), October 1987. COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE AND RICE POLICY IN GHANA. Major Professor: Dr John C. Flinn. Even though rice is a minor staple in Ghana (WARDA estimated per capita consumption to be 6.7 kg. in 1983), and accounts for about 1 0% of all cereals, its imports to the country have been second only to wheat which is not grown domestically. Successive governments in Ghana have therefore declared an ob...

Multi-dimensional Poverty Estimates for Fishing Households in The South-Western Zone of Nigeria

ABSTRACT Using the traditional income-expenditure approach, coastal households have been adjudged to be poorer than their non-coastal counterparts. Poverty encompasses deprivation in other welfare dimensions such as education, health, housing, household assets, potable water and social participation. However, only few studies have conceptualised poverty with these various dimensions in focus. Hence, the nature and determinants of multi-dimensional poverty among fishing households in sou...


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