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Agricultural Journal
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 4  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 144 - 149

Determinant of Maize Production among Maize Farmers in Ogbomoso South Local Government in Oyo State

I.O. Oyewo, M.O. Rauf, F. Ogunwole and S.O. Balogun    

Abstract: Agriculture has been observed to be one of the major sources of income to the Nigerian’s farmers, but there is a problem militating against increase and sustainable farm income. The research therefore, undertakes the determinant of maize production among maize farmers in Ogbomoso South LGA in Ogbomoso Agricultural zone of Oyo state. A multistage sampling technique was used to select 30 farmers in the study area. The study used a stochastic frontier production model to estimate the efficiency of the farmers; the empirical results revealed that seed was positive and statistically significant at 1% level in the study area. The estimated gamma (γ) parameter of 0.13 in the study area, indicates that 13% of the total variation in maize output is due to the technical inefficiencies in the study. The mean technical efficiency (χ) was 0.843 in the LGA while, the Return To Scale (RTS) was 2.773 in the study. It was therefore, concluded that there is a positive and significant relationship between farm size, quality of seed used and maize output in the study.

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