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Asian Journal of Rural Development
  Year: 2014 | Volume: 4 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 16-24
DOI: 10.3923/ajrd.2014.16.24
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Socio-economic Determinants of Small-scale Rice Farmers’ Output in Abuja, Nigeria
Ajah Julius and Ajah Francis Chukwumah

The study examined the effects of some socio-economic factors on small-scale rice farmers’ output in Abuja, Nigeria. The population for the study included all small-scale rice farmers. A simple random technique was adopted for sample selection while semi-structured questionnaires were used for data collection. A total of 88 rice farmers drawn from all the agricultural zones (eastern, central, western and northern zones) were used for the study. Descriptive and multiple regression statistics were used to analyze the data. The results of a semi-log function (lead equation) indicated that fertilizer application, cost of chemicals (other than organic fertilizers) and farm size were the significant factors influencing rice output at 5% alpha level while the quantity of seed planted was significant at 10%. The R2 indicated that the socio-economic factors accounted for 37.60% variation in rice output. The average farm size was 1.84 ha with mean rice output per farmer and per hectare as 1349.50 and 730.367 kg, respectively. The fertilizer application rate was 107.32 kg ha-1 while the seed rate was 62.66 kg ha-1. The socio-economic characteristics showed that majority (90.91%) of the farmers were married with mean household size, age, education, years of farming experience as 8, 44, 7 and 14 years, respectively. Majority of the farmers indicated that their main reasons for cultivating rice were to get income and for household consumption. Although not all the variables were significant but based on the value of R2 (0.376), the paper concluded that the farmers’ socio-economic variables contributed significantly to the output of rice in the study area.
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Ajah Julius and Ajah Francis Chukwumah, 2014. Socio-economic Determinants of Small-scale Rice Farmers’ Output in Abuja, Nigeria. Asian Journal of Rural Development, 4: 16-24.

DOI: 10.3923/ajrd.2014.16.24


20 February, 2015
naomi pepa:
is there a formula used to get the sample size
23 February, 2015
Dr Ajah Julius:

There was no formulae used to get the sample size.30 questionnaires were given to trained agricultural extension agents in different agricultural zones in the state. In each of the agricultural zones, some Agricultural Extension Agents who were familiar with the geographic and socio-economic characteristics of the people were recruited, trained and mobilized as enumerators. A total of 30 questionnaires were randomly distributed in each of the 4 agricultural zones in Abuja







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