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Data for the investigation were collected from 30 farmers (15 in each location) selected for the study through personal interviews and participatory observation. Frequency tables were used in data presentation while an analysis involving the use of Ordinary Least Square (OLS) multiple regression technique was carried out. The log-linear functional form was selected as the lead equation and used for discussion. The study revealed that the respondents were mostly females with farm sizes ranging from 50 100m2.
The coefficients of fertilizer (X1), farming experience (X2) and frequency of cutting (X3) carried positive signs and were significant at the one per cent level. The elasticities of production with respect to these three variables were 1.03, 0.803 and 0.151 respectively. The independent variables operating jointly explained about 94 per cent of the variation in output of waterleaf in the area. The implication of the findings is that the presence of increasing returns to scale is an indication of existence of the potentials for increased production vis--vis income by women farmers in the area.
Keywords: Socio-economic, water leaf, determinants, production.
(Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences: 2002 8(2): 239-244)