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Empirical Analysis of Determinants of Productivity among Small holder Cassava Farmers in Abia State, Nigeria

Madu, T.U and Anyaegbunam, H.N and Okoye, B.C (2008): Empirical Analysis of Determinants of Productivity among Small holder Cassava Farmers in Abia State, Nigeria. Forthcoming in: Conference Proceedings of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria No. 43 (20. October 2009)

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Abstract

The study was carried out in 2008 to investigate the determinants of productivity among small holder cassava farmers. The log linear model derived from the Cobb-Douglas functional form was used to analyze the data which was collected through a multi-stage random sampling technique. About 120 farmers were interviewed using the cost-route approach. The study found out that education, farmers experience, farmer’s organization and extension contact were positive and significant at 1% level. Age of farmers, land size were positive and significant at 5% level. The coefficient of gender was negative and significant at 5% level. The results of the study calls for policies aimed at encouraging experienced female farmers to form farmers group and land allocated to them to increase output and productivity of cassava in the study area.

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