Socioeconomic Factors Influencing Smallholder Irrigated Rice Farmers Participation in Contract Farming in Kano River Irrigation Project, Kano State, Nigeria

  • M. Yusuf
  • Z. Abdu
  • I. Y. Ilu
  • A. A. Ibrahim
Keywords: Linkage, Contractee, Livelihood, Logit model, Strategies


This study was designed to determine the socioeconomic factors influencing smallholder irrigated rice farmers’ participation in contract farming in Kano River Irrigation Project (KRIP), Kano State, Nigeria. A multi-stage sampling procedure was used to select 254 respondents for the study comprising of 127 contract farmers and another 127 non-contract farmers. Both inferential and descriptive statistics were used in the analysis of data. The mean age of respondents was found to be 35yrs, 89.8% were males, and 10.2% females. The mean household size was 6 persons with a mean landholding of 1.3ha. Factors influencing contract rice farming participation include; age which had a coefficient value of 0.043 and significant at 5%, rice farm size had a coefficient value of 1.037 and significant at 10%. It was therefore concluded that some socioeconomic characteristics affect the ability of farmer’s participation in contract rice farming. The study recommends that pro-contract rice farming policies that might have a long term positive effect on the farmers socioeconomics should be developed.


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