DETERMINANTS OF MARKET PARTICIPATION AMONG SMALL HOLDER CASSAVA PROCESSORS IN IKWUANO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF ABIA STATE, NIGERIA

  • C.N. Nwachukwu Department of Agribusiness and Management, Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria
Keywords: Market Participation, Cassava, and Smallholder

Abstract

The study estimated the determinants of market participation among smallholder cassava processors in Ikwuano
Local Government Area, Abia State, Nigeria. It employed multistage sampling technique for the selection of one
hundred and twenty respondents from whom data were elicited using pretested and structured questionnaire. In
data analysis, descriptive statistics and probit regression model were used. Analysis of products produced by
cassava processors revealed that gari (316kg) was the most important product produced, followed by cassava
fufu flour (271kg), cassava ethanol (253kg), fufu (236kg), African salad-dry (228kg), cassava starch (224kg),
tapioca-wet (209kg) and least was high quality cassava flour (181kg). The important determinants of market
participation were age, marital status, income and credit availability which were significant. The study calls for
policies aimed at encouraging households especially the youths and able-bodied to increase participation in the
market for enhanced household income, and livelihoods in the study area. There is also need for better efficiency
in the management of farm credit and utilization for enhanced economics of scale and marketable surplus.

Published
2020-04-30

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