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Farm Input Management Strategies In Small Scale Farming In Niger State, Nigeria
The study examined farm input management employed by small-scale farmers in the selected villages in Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State, Nigeria. The objectives of the study were: to examine the management strategies of farm inputs among small-scale farmers, to estimate the income of small-scale farmers before and after the effective management of selected farm inputs; and to recommend necessary measures that will encourage farmers to adopt new farm inputs strategies for higher income. Data were collected from 101 respondents purposely and randomly selected from six villages with the aid of interview schedule administered by well trained enumerators (Village Extension Agents). Tools used for analysis were frequency distribution tables and percentages. The results showed preference for the fertilizer usage as an effective farm input strategy vital for production of yam. A greater proportion (41%) testified that they had an increase in income per annum from yam produce. It is therefore recommended that small-scale farmers are assisted with inputs that will improve the quality of their lives.
Keywords: Adoption, effective farm input management, income generation, strategies, Niger State
International Journal of Agriculture and Development Vol. 9 2007: pp. 43-48