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Articles by C.A. Okezie
Total Records ( 6 ) for C.A. Okezie
  C.A. Okezie and B.C. Okoye
  The study was conducted to determine the technical efficiency of eggplant producers using the stochastic production function. A cost route approach was adopted in eliciting information from 120 eggplant producers selected through multi-stage random sampling technique. The results show that the significant factors of technical efficiency are labour, fertilizer and seeds. The socio economic determinants of technical efficiency in the frontier model include gender, land tenure status, marital status and extension visits. The farmers were not fully technically efficient in the use of production resources. The mean technical efficiency is 0.78. Farmers can improved on their efficiency by forming cooperative societies to guarantee security of tenure and take advantage of cooperative farming.
  B.C. Okoye , G.N. Asumugha , C.A. Okezie , L. Tanko and C.E. Onyenweaku
  Stakeholders in agricultural development in Nigeria are currently confronted with the onerous task of feeding over hundred million people in the nation. The study attempts to examine the trends in the production, area and productivity of cocoyam in Nigeria from 1960/61 to 2003/06 in two periods and highlights the relative contributions of area and productivity to the observed growth. Results reveal that output, area and productivity of cocoyam exhibited negative trends in Period I, (Pre-SAP, 1960/61-1984/85) whereas output and area of cocoyam showed positive trend in Period II (Post-SAP, 1985/86-2003/06). Increases in cocoyam production were due principally to the expansion of area under cultivation. Measures aimed at improving the yield and efficiency of resource utilization will enhance the prospect of cocoyam.
  C.A. Okezie , A.C. Nwosu and C.R. Okezie
  The study was conducted to assess the extent of commercialization of agriculture in Abia State. The study covered 6 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, two each from each of the three zones in the state. Data were collected from 120 households spread across 24 communities through a structured questionnaire. Data were collected over a 5-month period covering household characteristics’ food frequency and household coping strategies. Three concepts of commercialization were defined and used in categorizing and analyzing data. Results show that agriculture is not subsistence- oriented in terms of value of agricultural produce that is for market. Households were market-oriented in consumption as only 28.5% of the value of household consumption is from own-production. Households that are most subsistence oriented earned less in terms off- farm income compared to those that were least- subsistence oriented who earned more off-farm income given the commercialization index. The study recommends rapid development of rural finance systems because access to rural financial institution at low overhead costs will enable benefits of commercialization to spread widely across the community.
  C.A. Okezie , N.U. Inyang and Amaechi
  The study was conducted to assess the contribution of urban agriculture to food security in Uyo metropolis of Akwa Ibom State Nigeria. A sample of 85 farmers was chosen from Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom State. A two-round survey was conducted with a well-structured questionnaire to cover the planting season (April/May) and the harvesting season (July/August) to capture seasonal variation. Data analysis involved the use of descriptive and inferential statistics. The analysis revealed that the farming systems in the city include seasonal farming, vegetable growing, backyard gardening, small ruminants/poultry and commercial livestock systems. Most of the urban farms are planted with crops such as maize, melon, cassava and vegetable. The animals kept include poultry, rabbits, sheep, goats and pigs. The average area cultivated varies from less than 1 ha to about 2 ha. The income generated from the farming systems averaged N254,866 per annum and contributes about 34.68% of total household income. The highest contribution of household food demand is from seasonal farming as 68.3% of the produce is for household consumption. The least came from commercial livestock farming, 3.2%. The proportion of produce fro home consumption for all systems averaged 46.22%. The problems faced by urban farmers include limited access to land, lack of credit and incessant harassment by municipal authorities. To protect the urban poor, the study recommends that urban agriculture should be integrated into urban planning.
  G.C. Onuekwus and C.A. Okezie
  The study was carried out to investigate youth’s adoption of improved rabbitry technology in Umuahia South L.G.A. It investigated youths’ socio-economic characteristics, level of adoption of improved rabbitry technology, major problems encountered in rabbitry and the major source of information on rabbitry. The study area was Umuahia South L.G.A. Youth rabbit farmers were selected randomly using the simple random sampling technique. Sixty-three respondents were used in the study. Data were collected through the use of questionnaires and direct observation. The result showed that the ages of farmers’ 16-25 years had the highest number of respondents 40% and were mostly males 76% who were still single (67). Most 50.76% of the respondents made monthly income of less than 5,000 from sales of rabbits and its manure. Housing was the technology that had the highest adoption 73%. Information from fellow young farmers was the major source of information on rabbitry 44%. Regression analysis showed that age and educational level were the two variables that positively affected adoption of the technology.
  C.A. Okezie and M.J. Bime
  The study was carried out to of determine the extent to which total weigh of broiler birds is explained by feed intake, mortality rate and floor space during the first four weeks, second four weeks and the eight weeks of rearing. Twenty-nine farms were purposively selected for the study. Relevant information in feed intake, feed price, mortality rate, floor space and price of live broiler were obtained. Data were collected from market surveys, farm records and direct measurements of weight and floor space using weighing balance and measuring tapes. Data analysis involved the use if descriptive statistics and ordinary least squares method. The linear models provided the lead equations for the first four and second four weeks of rearing while the double-log model provided the lead equation for the entire eight weeks of rearing. The variation explained 97, 92 and 98% of total variation in broiler weight gain during the first and second weeks and eight weeks of rearing respectively. Findings show that feed intake and floor space affected weight gain positively while mortality rate affected it negatively. The results further showed that the farms were not efficient in their production with regards to the amount of feed given to the broilers. The study recommends that, farms should increase the amount of feed given to broiler to maximize weight gain.
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