The Problems of Bulk-Selling Yams in Harvest and Poverty of Farmers in Ekiti State, Nigeria
This study examined the problem of instant sale of yams in bulk during harvest and poverty of yam farmers in Ekiti State, Nigeria. The main objective of this study was to examine the purpose of clearance sale of yams in harvest in Ekiti State. The study is a descriptive survey. The study population are all yam farmers in 16 (sixteen) Local Government Areas of Ekiti State. The study sample are the farmers and yam marketers in three local Government Area one each from Senatorial district. The reveals instrument are two types of quantities. The sample size of 300 yam farmers and yam business men and women. Simple percentages and frequency tables were used in analyzing the data. Results from this study show that poor storage facilities, poor marketing strategy, problem of income and culture of the people account for the bulk-selling of yams in the study area. The study recommends that there is need for the provision of modern yams storage facilities, provision of credit facilities to farmers, the organization of agricultural education and yams operation enlightenment programmes for farmers annually by the appropriate and relevant agencies in the study area.
Keywords: Bulk-selling, Farmers, Poverty, Problems and Yams.