PROFITABILITY OF SMALLHOLDER MAIZE PRODUCTION IN THE TECHIMAN MUNICIPALITY

Spendylove Asamoah 49 PAGES (7636 WORDS) Dissertation
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ABSTRACT 

The study was conducted among smallholder maize farmers in the Techiman Municipality of Brong-Ahafo Region. Semi-structured questionnaire was the main instrument for collecting the primary data. Using data from hundred (100) randomly sampled maize farmers in the Brong-Ahafo Region, the profitability of maize farming was assessed and the determinants of profit was examined. Budgetary technique, multiple regressions and Kendall’s coefficient of Concordance was used to analyze the farmers’ profit level, factors that determine profitability of maize and constraint of profitability of smallholder farmers respectively. Based on the analysis, the study confirms that farmer, farm and socioeconomic/institutional variables such as farm size, educational level, experiences, famers’ access to extension service, market access and access to credit are important in increasing the profit level of maize farmers in the Techiman Municipality. From the profitability analysis, it was evident that maize farming is a very lucrative business considering the values of the Return on Investment of 0.81 which implies for every GHȼ1.00 invested in the maize farming, a return of GHȼ1.81 was realised. In spite of the role smallholder farmers as an engine of economic growth and national development, access to credit remains a major constraint.


Table of Contents

DECLARATION iii

DEDICATION iv

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT v

LIST OF ACRONYMS ix

ABSTRACT …x

CHAPTER ONE 11

INRODUCTION 11

1.1 Background of the study 11

1.2 Problem Statement 12

1.4 Research Objective of the study 13

1.6 Justification of the Study 13

LITERATURE REVIEW 15

2.1 Introduction 15

2.2 Maize Production in Ghana 15

2.2.1 Nature of Maize Production in Techiman Municipality 16

2.6 Value and Profitability 18

2.7 Factors influencing the profitability of crops 19

CHAPTER THREE 21

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 21

3.1 Introduction 21 Study Area 21

3.2.1 Study Population Size, Structure and Composition 21

    3.3 Source and type of data collection…………………………………….....…..23

     3.4Sampling Techniques and sampling size………….….…………….………23

     3.5 Method of data collection……………………………………….…………...23

     3.6 Method od data analysis…………………………….…………...……….…23 

3.6.2 Profitability Analysis 23

3.6.3 Regression Analysis 24

3.6.4 Analyzing the Constraints to Profitability of Smallholder Maize Farmers. 25

3.6.4.1 Hypothesis Testing and Significance F Test for W 25

CHAPTER FOUR 26

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION 26

4.1 Introduction 26

4.2 Socio Demographic Characteristics of the Producers and Marketers 26

4.2.2 Age Distribution of Respondents 27

4.2.4 Educational Level of Respondents 28

4.4 Determinants of Profit in Maize Farming 32

4.5 Constraints Affecting Small Scale Maize Farmers 34

CHAPTER FIVE 36

CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION 36

5.1 Introduction 36

5.2 Conclusion 36

5.3 Policy Recommendations 37

REFERENCES 38

APPENDIX 42


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APA

Spendylove, A (2019). PROFITABILITY OF SMALLHOLDER MAIZE PRODUCTION IN THE TECHIMAN MUNICIPALITY. Afribary.com: Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://afribary.com/works/profitability-of-smallholder-maize-production-in-the-techiman-municipality

MLA 8th

Asamoah, Spendylove. "PROFITABILITY OF SMALLHOLDER MAIZE PRODUCTION IN THE TECHIMAN MUNICIPALITY" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 03 Mar. 2019, https://afribary.com/works/profitability-of-smallholder-maize-production-in-the-techiman-municipality . Accessed 25 Mar. 2019.

MLA7

Asamoah, Spendylove. "PROFITABILITY OF SMALLHOLDER MAIZE PRODUCTION IN THE TECHIMAN MUNICIPALITY". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 03 Mar. 2019. Web. 25 Mar. 2019. < https://afribary.com/works/profitability-of-smallholder-maize-production-in-the-techiman-municipality >.

Chicago

Asamoah, Spendylove. "PROFITABILITY OF SMALLHOLDER MAIZE PRODUCTION IN THE TECHIMAN MUNICIPALITY" Afribary.com (2019). Accessed March 25, 2019. https://afribary.com/works/profitability-of-smallholder-maize-production-in-the-techiman-municipality