PROMOTING ACCESS TO AFRICAN RESEARCH

Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and the Social Sciences

Log in or Register to get access to full text downloads.

Remember me or Register



DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT Open Access  DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT Subscription or Fee Access

Economic analysis of NERICA and non NERICA rice producers in Kaduna State, Nigeria

B.K. Gambo, E.A.G. Manza, I.A. Kassim, M.G. Maiangwa, M Dalhatu

Abstract


The study investigated economic analysis of NERICA and non-NERICA rice producers in Kaduna State of Nigeria. Data for 2010 production season for NERICA and non-NERICA rice producers was collected from the two groups of farmers. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics, gross margin analysis and Z – test. The mean rice farming experience was 25 years for both the participants and non - participants. The average household size was 6 persons for participants and 8 persons for non – participants. Most of the respondents however, (73% of participants and 82% of non – participants) acquired their land holdings through inheritance. The mean farm sizes for participants and non – participants were 1.9ha and 1.1ha respectively. The mean credit used by participants and non – participants were ₦25, 500 and ₦15, 200 respectively. The mean frequency of Extension Agents’ visit was 35 times for participants and 32 times for non-participants. The mean gross margin for NERICA and non – NERICA rice production is ₦145, 090.35 and ₦73, 325.40 per ha while return per Naira invested in NERICA rice and non - NERICA producers were 2.13 and 1.57, suggesting that NERICA rice production was more profitable. The one tailed test at 5% level of probability revealed that the difference in profitability between NERICA and non – NERICA was significant. The study recommends that the NERICA rice farmers to increase their land holdings for higher output, profit and benefit as well as return per Naira investment; and also to join the CBN Anchor Borrowers’ Programme for support to production in large scale for commercial purposes.

Keywords: Participants, Non-Participants, Gross margin, Investment return and NERICA




AJOL African Journals Online