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Asian Journal of Agricultural Research
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 1 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 35-49
DOI: 10.3923/ajar.2007.35.49
 
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Determinants of Crop-Livestock Enterprise Combination Adoption and its Impact on Crop Productivity Among Resource-Poor Rural Farmers in Zamfara Grazing Reserve

R.A. Omolehin, E.A. Nuppenau, J. Steinbach and I. Hoffmann

Abstract:
This study evaluates the factors that affect the adoption of manure contract as soil management strategy as well as its impact on crop productivity in the study area. Data were collected from 228 respondents in Zamfara grazing reserve on the adoption of crop-livestock enterprise combination and the reasons for their decision to adopt this particular farm practice. A Probit analysis was used with Ordinary Least Square regression recursively to analyse factors that facilitate farmers adoption of crop-livestock enterprise combination and its impact on crop productivity. Results from the analysis have shown that farmers based their adoption decision on the following reasons; household size which is a measure of labour availability, traditional production method learnt from their forefathers, it guarantee more food for the family, as a means of saving asset, availability of manure for household farm production, availability of traction power for farm works and generation of more income for the family. The analysis has also shown that the adoption of crop-livestock production practice has contributed to yields improvement in the study area. The results have thus proved that resource-poor rural farmers are very innovative in solving their production resource problem with the use of available local alternative resources around them. Thus the analysis has helped to quantitatively confirm the validity of previous researches on evaluated factors as reasons for farmers adoption of crop-livestock integration. It can therefore be concluded that resource-poor rural farmers often have good reasons for farm production practices they engage in for the purpose of enhancing their productivity.
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How to cite this article:

R.A. Omolehin, E.A. Nuppenau, J. Steinbach and I. Hoffmann, 2007. Determinants of Crop-Livestock Enterprise Combination Adoption and its Impact on Crop Productivity Among Resource-Poor Rural Farmers in Zamfara Grazing Reserve. Asian Journal of Agricultural Research, 1: 35-49.

DOI: 10.3923/ajar.2007.35.49

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ajar.2007.35.49

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