Market participation among rice producing households in Abia state, Nigeria
The study assessed the factors affecting market participation among rice producing households in Abia state, Nigeria. Four major rice producing areas of the state namely Bende, Umuahia North, Ikwuano, and Isukwuato local government areas were identified, within which four communities each were selected. Random sampling technique was employed in the selection twenty five farming households from each of the communities, implying a sample of one hundred household for the study. The probit model was applied in the analysis of the data. Estimates of the determinants of market participation among households in the study area showed that the coefficients of household size, output, farm size, extension contact, distance from farm to market, membership of societies were significant in influencing market participation among rice producing households. Among these variables, household size and distance had negative relationships on market participation. It is therefore recommended that markets should be cited near the farms with good infrastructural facilities, including the much needed transportation to encourage participation in markets.
Keywords: Farming households, market, participation, probit and rice.