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Econometric Assessment of the Trend in Cocoyam Production in Nigeria, 1960/61-2003/2006

Okoye, B.C and Asumugha, G.N and Okezie, C.A and Tanko, L and Onyenweaku, C.E (2006): Econometric Assessment of the Trend in Cocoyam Production in Nigeria, 1960/61-2003/2006. Published in: Agricultural Journal , Vol. 3, No. 2 (2008): pp. 99-101.

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Stakeholders in agricultural development in Nigeria are currently confronted with the onerous task of feeding over hundred million people in the nation. The paper attempts to examine the trends in the production, area and productivity of cocoyam in Nigeria from 1960/61 to 2003/06 in two periods and highlights the relative contributions of area and productivity to the observed growth. Results reveal that output, area and productivity of cocoyam exhibited negative trends in Period I, (Pre-SAP, 1960/61-1984/85) whereas output and area of cocoyam showed positive trend in Period II (Post-SAP, 1985/86-2003/06). Increases in cocoyam production were due principally to the expansion of area under cultivation. Measures aimed at improving the yield and efficiency of resource utilization will enhance the prospect of cocoyam.

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