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Articles by P.O. Erhabor
Total Records ( 2 ) for P.O. Erhabor
  O. Ojogho and P.O. Erhabor
  The study examined rice demand pattern and its intervening factors in Nigeria. To achieve this, the study examined the socio-economic characteristics of rice-consuming households, average income of households, quantity of rice, expenditure share of rice, rice meals consumption patterns, rice meals consumption habitand factor affecting rice meals consumption patterns. Both primary and secondary data were used to generate information for this study. A multi-stage sampling procedure, involving four stages, was used to select 812 households. Data collected were analysed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. The result of the descriptive statistics showed that rice consumption/demand was more in the urban centres than the rural centres of the study area, mostly among the married and the medium-size male-headed households with tertiary-education. Rice constituted the largest share of the household total food expenditure, ranging between about 28 and 21% among the high income and urban household, to 28 and 24% among the low income and rural households. The result of the multiple regressions showed that the pattern of rice consumption in Nigeria is a phenomenon linked with socio-economic characteristics of households, the type of rice, level of education, ease of preparation and urban lifestyles. Attention must be paid to these factors if Nigeria is to attain self-sufficiency in rice for sustainable consumption.
  P.O. Erhabor and C.O. Emokaro
  This study employed the use of the Stochastic Frontier Production Function in the comparative economic analysis of the relative technical efficiency of cassava farmers in the three agro-ecological zones of Edo State. A multi-stage random sampling technique was used to select 156 cassava farmers from the three agro-ecological zones of the State and the differences in the results obtained were discussed. The empirical estimates showed individual technical efficiency values that ranged from 23 to 95%, 43 to 97% and 52 to 98% with a mean of 72, 83 and 91%, for Edo South, Edo North and Edo Central agro-ecological zones, respectively. This shows that systemic differences in relative technical efficiency levels exist between the three zones and these differences were shown to be related to particular farmer’s characteristics. Non-physical factors that served as determinants of technical inefficiency in the three zones were, farmers level of education, age, farming experience and variety of planting materials used. Gender and family size were however, not found to be significant determinants of the technical inefficiency of cassava farmers in the State. Apart from this estimates serving as a guide to potential investors in the cassava industry in the State, the relative variations in technical efficiency is also an indication of the gaps that exist in the current production technologies employed by cassava farmers in the three agro-ecological zones of the State. The gaps should serve as intervention points for government and non-governmental agencies as well as other stakeholders in the emerging cassava industry in Nigeria.
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