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AGRICULTURAL PUBLIC SPENDING IN NIGERIA

ABSTRACT The potential contribution of agriculture to economic development in Nigeria is discussed in two important government policy documents: (i) the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS), and (ii) the New Agricultural Policy Thrust (NAP). NEEDS, implemented in 2004 as Nigeria’s homegrown poverty reduction strategy, emphasizes the importance of increasing agricultural production and safeguarding […]

AGRICULTURE, TRADE REFORM AND POVERTY REDUCTION: IMPLICATIONS FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

ABSTRACT The WTO Ministerial Declaration at Doha in November 2001 places considerable emphasis on development (WTO, 2001b), although the outcome is not guaranteed. Many developing countries – particularly in Africa – are skeptical that they will receive sufficient gains from that MTN to warrant the inevitable costs of negotiations and adjustments. These countries and some […]

AN ANALYSIS OF FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN NIGERIA: THE FATE OF NIGERIA’S AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

ABSTRACT  Investment is the process of adding to capital (Arene and Okpukpara, 2006). Lack of capital has been implicated as the major sustenance of the vicious circle of poverty. This is due to its negative effect on production capacity. In developing countries, national income is low; hence savings and investment are low. Low investment translates […]

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF DEFORESTATION

ABSTRACT The study provided an economic analysis of the losses from deforestation in Enugu State of Nigeria. Specifically, the study evaluated the effects of socioeconomic factors affecting deforestation in Enugu State. It also identified the factors that influence the decision to deforest. The study further examined the nature and extent of deforestation in the state. […]

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF IMPROVED AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY ON CASSAVA PRODUCTIVITY

ABSTRACT This paper assessed the economic impact of improved agricultural technologies on cassava productivity in Kogi State, Nigeria. The results are drawn from a household survey covering the agricultural season of 2009/2010. The data obtained from interview schedule was subjected to descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. Descriptive statistics for this study include frequency, percentages and […]

THE EFFECT OF MICROFINANCE BANKS SERVICES ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION OF MEMBERS OF COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES

ABSTRACT Lack of access to credit has negatively affected poor farmers and rural dwellers for many years. Rural people need credit to allow investment in their farms and small businesses, to smooth consumption and to reduce their vulnerability to weather and economic shocks. Because they have little access to formal financing institutions, poor rural people […]

PROFITABILITY ANALYSIS OF LAYER ENTERPRISE IN ESAN NORTH EAST AND OVIA NORTH EAST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS OF EDO STATE, NIGERIA

ABSTRACT This study examined the profitability of layers production in Esan North East and Ovia North East L.G.A’s of Edo State. A purposive and convenient sampling of 64 poultry farmers was carried out in the study area in order to generate data for the analysis. Results of the study showed that the respondents were predominantly […]

MARKETING OF UZIZA IN EGOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA EDO STATE, NIGERIA

ABSTRACT The study dealt with marketing of uziza in Egor Local Government Area of Edo state. The study was conducted to identify the socio-economic characteristics of respondent, the marketing channels, estimate the determinant of sales, determine the producer’s share of retail price and gross marketing margin, carryout a functional analysis of gross marketing margin and […]

POTENTIALS OF GROWING ENERGY CROPS FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY AMONG CASSAVA AND JATROPHA FARMERS IN DELTA STATE

ABSTRACT This study assessed the potentials of growing energy crops for biotechnology among cassava and jatropha farmers in Delta State. The specific objective was to identify the socio economic characteristics of cassava and jatropha farmers, their source of information, their major energy sources, their perception on the efficiency/cost effectiveness of the energy sources, production level […]

ASSESSMENT OF THE USE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES (ICTs) AMONG STAFF OF AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTIONS IN IBADAN MUNICIPAL AREA, OYO STATE, NIGERIA

CHAPTER ONE 1.0INTRODUCTION  1.1BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY Agriculture is an important economic sector, since it provides income and food for a large segment of the population in developing countries. It plays a key role in the socio-economic development of many developing countries. For Agriculture to play these key roles successfully, farmers need to be properly […]

FARMERS ADOPTION OF IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY IN CASSAVA PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING IN PERI-URBAN AREAS OF EDO STATE: A CASE STUDY OF IKPOBA OKHA AND OVIA NORTH EAST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS

ABSTRACT This study was aimed at determining farmer’s adoption of improved technology in cassava production and processing in peri-urban areas of Edo state using Ikpoba Okha and Ovia North East local government areas as case studies. Purposive sampling was used to select 6 wards from which simple random sampling was used to select each of […]

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF POST HARVEST LOSSES AMONG LEAFY VEGETABLE MARKETERS IN IDEMILI SOUTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF ANAMBRA STATE

ABSTRACT The study examined economics of post harvest food losses involving three (3) varieties of leafy vegetables namely: Telfaria(Ugu leaf), Amaranthus(Green leaf ) and Pterocarpus(Oha leaf) in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State. A random sampling technique was used to collect data on vegetable marketers’ socio-economic characteristics, types of post harvest losses, physical […]

EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT PLANTATION CROPS RHIZOSPHERE ECOSYSTEMS ON THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF Lycopersicon esculentum (Tomato)

TABLE OF CONTENTS Title Page ———ii Certification – ——-iii Dedication ——–iv Acknowledgement ——-v Table of Contents——-vi List of Tables ——–viii Abstract ——–ix CHAPTER ONE 1.0INTRODUCTION ——1 1.1 Objective- ——3 CHAPTER TWO 2.0LITERATURE REVIEW—–4 Structure of the Rhizosphere—4 Release of Organic Compounds—-4 Rhizosphere Population —–5 Soil Micro Flora ——6 Soil Macro Flora —–6 Tomato ——-7 Climatic […]

POVERTY ALLEVIATION ON PLANTAIN AND BANANA FARMERS IN OVIA SOUTH WEST AND OVIA NORTH EAST IN EDO STATE, NIGERIA

TABLE OF CONTENTS Title page ———i Certification ———iii Dedication ———iv Acknowledgement ——–v Table of content ——–vi List of tables ———viii Abstract ———ix CHAPTERONE: 1.0Introduction——–1 1.1Statement of Problem ——-5 1.2Objectives of the Study——8 1.3Hypothesis of the Study ——8 CHAPTER TWO: 2.0 Literature Review ——-9 2.1Overview of Poverty in Nigeria—–9 2.2Poverty and Poverty Level—–11 2.3 Poverty Alleviation […]

STUDENTS PERCEPTION OF QUALITY OF EQUIPMENT AND TEACHERS COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN SONGHAI DELTA STATE NIGERIA

TABLE OF CONTENTS Title page———-ii Certification———-iii Dedication———-iv Acknowledgement———v Table of contents———vi List of Tables———ix Abstract———xi CHAPTER ONE Introduction——–1 1.1 Background information——1 1.2Statement of problem——-4 1.3Objectives of the study——5 1.4Hypothesis of the study——6 1.5Significant of the study——7 CHAPTER TWO 2.0Literature review——-8 2.1Teaching skills in Agriculture——8 2.2Pedagogy——–11 2.3Classroom Communication——14 2.4Students in Agriculture——16 CHAPTER THREE 3.0Research methodology——18 3.1Study […]

PERCEPTION OF EXTENSION SERVICE DELIVERY AMONG COCO-YAM FARMERS IN EDO STATE, NIGERIA

TABLE OF CONTENT TITLES PAGE Title Page———ii Certification———iii Dedication ———iv Acknowledgement——–v Table of Content ——–vi List of Tables———vii List of Figures ——–viii Abstract———ix CHAPTER ONE 1.0 INTRODUCTION——-1 1.1 Background Information—–1 1.2 Problem Statement——-3 1.3 Objectives of the Study—–4 1.4 Hypothesis——5 1.5 Significance of the Study——5 CHAPTER TWO 2.0 LITERATURE REVIEW——6 2.1 Agricultural Extension——6 2.2Communication——-8 2.3 […]

ASSESSMENT OF VALUE CHAIN INFORMATION SOURCES IN PIG PRODUCTION IN EDO AND DELTA STATES, NIGERIA

examine socio-economic characteristics of cocoyam farmers in the study area; identify cocoyam production technologies introduced to farmers by ADP, and through what information source; determine the level of adoption of information; determine the attitude of farmers towards information received; and identify constraints faced by respondents in adopting cocoyam technologies. 1.4 HYPOTHESIS The hypothesis of the […]

ANALYSIS OF FOOD SAFETY AMONG DRIED FISH SELLERS IN AKURE, ONDO STATE

TABLE OF CONTENT Page Title page——–ii Certification——–iii Dedication——–iv Acknowledgement——-v Table of contents——-vi List of Tables——-viii Abstract ——–ix CHAPTER ONE Introduction——1 Unsafe food marketing and its economic implication in Nigeria——1 1.2Statement of Problem—–3 1.3Objectives of the Study—-4 1.4Justification of the study—-5 CHAPTER TWO 2.0Literature Review—–6 2.1Concept of food marketing in agriculture–6 2.2Fish Production in Nigeria—-6 2.3Chemical […]

ASSESSMENT OF CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION PRACTICES AMONG ARABLE CROP FARMERS IN EDO CENTRAL ZONE, EDO STATE,NIGERIA

TABLE OF CONTENT Titles pages ———-i Certification ———–ii Dedication ———-iii Acknowledgement———iv Tables of contents———-vii List of tables ———-ix CHAPTER ONE 1.0 Introduction——–1 1.1 Background of study——-1 1.2 Statement of problem———3 1.3 Objectives of study——–5 1.4 Justification of study——–5 1.5 Statement of Hypothesis——–6 CHAPTER TWO 2.0 Literature review——–7 2.1 Socio-economic characteristics of farmers —-7 2.2 The […]

ROLE OF MASS MEDIA IN DISSEMINATING AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION TO OIL PALM AND PLANTAIN FARMERS IN EDO STATE, NIGERIA

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE Title Page——–ii Certification——–iii Dedication——–iv Acknowledgement——-v Table of Contents——-vi List of Tables——–viii Abstract——–ix CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION——-1 1.1Background Information—–1 1.2Statement of Problem—–8 1.3Objectives of the Study—–10 1.4Hypotheses——-11 1.5Significance of Study —–11 CHAPTER TWO LITERATURE REVIEW ——12 2.1Concepts of Mass Media —–12 2.2Information ——-12 2.3Agricultural Information —–14 2.4Mass Media Use in Agriculture—-14 2.5Types of […]

OPERATIONAL ANALYSIS OF FAST FOOD OUTLETS IN OREDO AND EGOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS OF EDO STATE, NIGERIA.

CHAPTER ONE  1.0 INTRODUCTION Poultry production has the potentials to contribute meaningfully to the economic growth of any country. In Nigeria for instance, the poultry subsector has contributed greatly to the improvement of the national economy in terms of job creation, Gross Domestic Products as well as food security. This is evident in as high […]

TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY ON COCOA PRODUCTION IN ESAN WEST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF EDO STATE, NIGERIA

TABLE OF CONTENTS Title page———i Certification———ii Dedication———iii Acknowledgement——–iv Table of content———v List of tables———viii Abstract———ix CHAPTER ONE Introduction——–1 1.1Background of the study ——-1 1.2Background to the Study——2 1.3Statement of Problem——-3 1.4Objective of Study——-3 CHAPTER TWO Literture Review——-4 2.1Background——–4 2.2Important of Cocoa——-4 2.3Production of Cocoa in Nigeria—–5 2.4Theoretical Framework of Efficiency—–5 2.5Concept of Efficiency——-6 2.6Technical Efficiency——-7 […]

UTILIZATION OF INFORMATION AMONG ARABLE CROP FARMERS IN EDO AND DELTA STATE, NIGERIA

TABLE OF CONTENT TITLE PAGE Approval Certification Dedication Acknowledgement Table of Content CHAPTER ONE Introduction 1.1 Background information 1.2 Problem statement 1.3 Objectives of the study 1.4 Hypotheses of the study 1.5 Justification CHAPTER TWO Literature review 2.1 Information 2.2 Information sources 2.3 Prospects of effective information utilization 2.4 Access to information 2.5 Agricultural information […]

INFORMATION SOURCES AND USE OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINE AMONG FARMERS IN EDO AND DELTA STATE, NIGERIA.

ABSTRACT The study examined the information sources and use of traditional medicine among farmers in Edo and Delta States, Nigeria. It examined the accessibility of information to the farmers, some ailment that affect agricultural production, seriousness of the ailment on production, reasons for respondents use of traditional medicine perceived effectiveness of traditional medicine in treating […]

PROFITABILITY AND TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY ANALYSIS OF RICE PRODUCTION IN ESAN CENTRAL AND NORTH EAST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF EDO STATE

TABLE OF CONTENT Title page——-i Certification——–ii Dedication——–iii Acknowledgement——-iv Table of content——-v List of Tables——–viii Abstract——–x CHAPTER ONE 1.0Introduction——-1 1.1Rice Grain Quality Indicators—–2 1.2Origin of Rice——-4 1.3Introduction of Rice into Africa—- 5 1.4Statement of Problem——7 1.5Objective of the Study—–8 1.6Justification of the Study—–8 CHAPTER TWO 2.0Literature Review——10 2.1Concept of Efficiency——10 2.2Technical Efficiency ——10 2.3Cost Measurement/Production Cost—-11 […]

ASSESSMENT OF EXTENSION WORKERS AND PRACTICE OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION PRINCIPLES IN EDO AND DELTA STATES, NIGERIA

TABLE OF CONTENTS Title page ———-i Certification ———-ii Dedication———–iii Acknowledgment ———iv Table of contents———v List of tables———-ix Abstract ———-x CHAPTER ONE 1.0Introduction———-1 Problem statement ——–9 Objectives of the study——-10 Hypothesis of the study——-11 Justification of the study ——-13 CHAPTER TWO 2.0Literature Review ——–14 2.1Agricultural Extension——-14 2.2Principles———17 2.3Agricultural Extension Principles —–18 2.4Practice———20 2.4.1Practice of Agricultural Principles […]

INFLUENCE OF INFORMATION SOURCES ON FARMERS KNOWLEDGE AND USAGE OF POULTRY DRUGS IN EDO AND DELTA STATES, NIGERIA.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Title page ———-i Certification ———-ii Dedication———-iii Acknowledgment ———iv Table of contents———-v List of tables———–ix Abstract ———-xi CHAPTER ONE 1.0Background of the Study——–1 Problem statement ———8 Objectives of the study——-10 Hypothesis of the study——-10 Justification of the study ——-11 CHAPTER TWO 2.0 Literature Review——–13 2.1 Information———13 2.1.1 Agricultural Information——-15 2.1.2 Agricultural Information Sources——-18 […]

INFLUENCE OF INFORMATION SOURCES ON FARMERS KNOWLEDGE AND USAGE OF POULTRY DRUGS

ABSTRACT A nation’s capacity for industrialization and employment depends on her improvement in level of production enhanced by available information. This is necessary for promoting entrepreneurship in agricultural transformation agenda for food security and poverty alleviation in Nigeria. This study assessed the influence of information source on poultry farmers knowledge and usage of drugs in […]

ASSESSMENT OF EXTENSION WORKERS AND PRACTICE OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION PRINCIPLES

ABSTRACT Despite the existence of relevant information to increase Agricultural Productivity, many farmers are yet to receive such information due to the limited number of extension workers, particularly in developing nations like Nigeria. Hence, this study was carried out to assess extension workers and practice of extension principles in Edo and Delta States. A multistage […]

INFORMATION SOURCES AND USE OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINE AMONG FARMERS

ABSTRACT The study examined the information sources and use of traditional medicine among farmers in Edo and Delta States, Nigeria. It examined the accessibility of information to the farmers, some ailment that affect agricultural production, seriousness of the ailment on production, reasons for respondents use of traditional medicine perceived effectiveness of traditional medicine in treating […]

ROLE OF MASS MEDIA IN DISSEMINATING AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION TO OIL PALM AND PLANTAIN FARMERS

ABSTRACT The study examined the role of mass media in disseminating agricultural information to oil palm and plantain farmers in Edo state, Nigeria. The specific objectives were to examine the socio-economic characteristics of oil palm and plantain farmers in the study area, Ascertain Respondents’ accessibility to mass media, Ascertain the media type sought for agricultural […]

ASSESSMENT OF CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION PRACTICES AMONG ARABLE CROP FARMERS

ABSTRACT This study assessed the climate change mitigating practices among arable crop farmers in Edo central zone of Edo state. One hundred arable crop farmers were selected through a multi-stage process using simple random sampling technique. Data collection was carried out with well structured questionnaire and was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistical tools. Findings […]

ANALYSIS OF FOOD SAFETY AMONG DRIED FISH SELLERS

ABSTRACT A nations’ capacity for industrialization and employment depends on her improvement in level of production enhanced by available information. This is necessary for promoting entrepreneurship in agricultural transformation agenda for food security and poverty alleviation in Nigeria. This study assessed the value chain information sources in pig production in Edo and Delta states, Nigeria. […]

ASSESSMENT OF VALUE CHAIN INFORMATION SOURCES IN PIG PRODUCTION

ABSTRACT This study assessed the perception of extension communication among coco-yam farmers in Edo State, Nigeria. From fifty farmers, data were collected, using structured questionnaire complimented with interview schedule and analysed using simple descriptive statistics like simple frequency table, percentages, mean and correlation used for hypothesis text showed. The results showed that coco-yam farmers in […]

STUDENTS PERCEPTION OF QUALITY OF EQUIPMENT AND TEACHERS COMMUNICATION SKILLS

ABSTRACT This study assesses the students’ perception of quality of equipments and teachers communication skills in Songhai. The study was carried out in Songhai farm, Amukpe, Sapele, Delta State. A simple random sampling method was used to select 117 students. A structured questionnaire was used to elicit information from students. Statistical tools such as frequency, […]

EFFECT OF 2012 FLOOD DISASTER ON THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF CASSAVA FARMERS

ABSTRACT The study examined the effect of flood disaster on the socio-economic characteristics or cassava farmers in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State. Simple random sampling procedure was used to select 100 respondent from four communities. A well structured interview schedule was used to obtain data. Descriptive statistics, and t-test were employed in […]

HEDONIC ANALYSIS OF BEEF DEMAND IN BENIN CITY

TABLE OF CONTENT Title Page——–ii Certification ——–iii Dedication ——–vi Acknowledgement ——-v Table of Content ——-v List of Figures and Tables—–vii Abstract ——–ix CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION——1 1.1 Background Information—-2 1.2 Problem Statement—–2 1.3 Objectives of the Study—-3 1.4 Justification of Study—-4 CHAPTER TWO LITERATURE REVIEW—–5 2.1 Background—–5 2.2 Beef Consumption in Nigeria—7 2.3 Hedonic Research—–8 2.4 […]

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF POST HARVEST LOSSES AMONG LEAFY VEGETABLE MARKETERS

ABSTRACT The study examined economics of post harvest food losses involving three (3) varieties of leafy vegetables namely: Telfaria(Ugu leaf), Amaranthus(Green leaf ) and Pterocarpus(Oha leaf) in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State. A random sampling technique was used to collect data on vegetable marketers’ socio-economic characteristics, types of post harvest losses, physical […]

FARMERS ADOPTION OF IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY IN CASSAVA PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING

ABSTRACT This study was aimed at determining farmer’s adoption of improved technology in cassava production and processing in peri-urban areas of Edo state using Ikpoba Okha and Ovia North East local government areas as case studies. Purposive sampling was used to select 6 wards from which simple random sampling was used to select each of […]

ASSESSMENT OF THE USE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES (ICTs) AMONG STAFF OF AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

CHAPTER ONE 1.0 INTRODUCTION  1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY Agriculture is an important economic sector, since it provides income and food for a large segment of the population in developing countries. It plays a key role in the socio-economic development of many developing countries. For Agriculture to play these key roles successfully, farmers need to […]

HEDONIC ANALYSIS OF BEEF DEMAND

ABSTRACT This study was aimed at the hedonic analysis for beef and the impact of income changes on household consumption in Benin City. The study was carried out between the months of July and November 2011. The study was carried out in two tertiary institutions; University of Benin in Oredo Local Government Area and Benson […]

MARKETING OF UZIZA

ABSTRACT The study dealt with marketing of uziza in Egor Local Government Area of Edo state. The study was conducted to identify the socio-economic characteristics of respondent, the marketing channels, estimate the determinant of sales, determine the producer’s share of retail price and gross marketing margin, carryout a functional analysis of gross marketing margin and […]

SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS INFLUENCING THE ADOPTION OF IMPROVED RICE PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES BY WOMEN

ABSTRACT The study examined broadly the socio-economic factors influencing the adoption of improved rice processing technologies by women in Jigawa State, Nigeria. The specific objectives were: (i) describe the socio-economic characteristics of the women rice processors in the study areas (ii) investigate the level of awareness of improved rice processing technologies by women rice processors […]

IMPACT OF NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AND RESEARCH LIAISON SERVICES ADOPTED VILLAGE PROJECT ON BENEFICIARIES’ LIVELIHOOD

ABSTRACT The study sought to analyze the impact of National Agricultural Extension and Project.com.ng/list-of-project-and-materials/">Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) of Ahmadu Bello University Adopted Village Project on beneficiaries’ livelihood (crop output and income) in Abia and Oyo States. A multi-stage sampling technique was used to select a sample size of 140 respondents for the study. The data […]

FACTORS INFLUENCING ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED PALM OIL PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES

ABSTRACT The influence of respondents‟ socio-economic characteristics along with other factors on adoption of the recommended palm oil processing technologiesin Delta State, Nigeriawas investigated. This study was carried out in order to determine the specific factors that significantly influence adoption of recommended palm oil processing technologies in the study area. Multistage sampling procedure, (in conjunction […]

FACTORS INFLUENCING ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED CASSAVA PRODUCTION PRACTICES BY FARMERS

ABSTRACT The study was to determine the socio-economic, institutional and technological factors influencing adoption of Recommended Cassava Production Practices (RCPPs). The specific objectives were to describe the socio-economic characteristics of cassava farmers, identify the different sources of information used, assess the levels of adoption, determine the effect of socio-economic, institutional and technological factors on adoption […]

FACTORS AFFECTING ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDED CERTIFIED RICE SEED TECHNOLOGY BY FARMERS

ABSTRACT This study examined the factors that influenced the adoption of recommended certified rice seed technology in four purposively selected rice producing Local Government Areas namely Chikun, Giwa, Lere and Zangon Kataf of Kaduna State. The specific objectives were to, describe the socio-economic characteristics of farmers in the study area, identify the sources of the […]

EFFECTS OF ADOPTION OF STRIGA RESISTANT MAIZE PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES ON FARMERS’ LIVELIHOOD

ABSTRACT The broad objective of this study was to assess the effects of adoption of striga resistant maize production technologies on farmers’ livelihood in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The study was conducted in three communities namely: Kasua Magani, Dutsen Gaiya and Kufana. Primary data for the study were collected using well structured questionnaires administered […]

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF SESAME PRODUCTION AMONG SMALL- HOLDER FARMERS

ABSTRACT The broad objective of the study was to examine the Economics of Sesame Production among small-holder famers in Benue State, Nigeria. Specifically, the study examined the socio-economic characteristics of farmers in the study area, profitability, technical, allocative and economic efficiencies and constraints of sesame production in the study area. A multi-stage sampling procedure was […]

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF PINEAPPLE PRODUCTION

ABSTRACT This study analyses farmers‟ overall efficiency in Pineapple production in Edo State, Nigeria. Data were collected through structured questionnaire administered on 175 Pineapple farmers selected using a multi-stage sampling technique and analyzed using descriptive statistics and the stochastic frontier production and cost function models The results showed that 76.0 percent of pineapple farmers in […]

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF CATFISH PRODUCTION

ABSTRACT This study examined the profitability and efficiency of catfish production in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria. Purposive random sampling technique was used to sample 60 catfish farmers from whom the primary data used were collected with the aid of structured questionnaire. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics, net […]

ASSESSMENT OF THE PROFITABILITY OF IMPROVED AGRICULTURE AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO POVERTY STATUS

ABSTRACT The study was undertaken to assess the profitability of Improved Apiculture and its Relationship to Poverty Status in Abuja, Nigeria”. A purposive sampling technique was used to purposively select 140 bee farmers from three area councils namely, Abaji, Bwari and Kwaliin the FCT. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics, Farm budgeting techniques, Foster-Greer […]

ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF THE ADOPTION OF EARLY MAIZE TECHNOLOGY ON PRODUCTIVITY AND FOOD SECURITY STATUS OF THE FARMERS

ABSTRACT The study examined the impact of the adoption of early maize technology on productivity and food security status of farmers in Gwagwalada and Kuje area council of FCT Abuja. The study examined the rate of adoption of early maize varieties, determine the economic efficiency of the farmers that adopted early maize varieties in the […]

RAINFALL DATA GENERATION FOR SAMARU, ZARIA USING STATISTICAL PARAMETERS

ABSTRACT Estimation of rainfall for a desired return period is one of the pre-requisites for any design purpose at a particular site, which can be achieved by probabilistic approach. This study is aimed at using the statistical parameters of long-term observed rainfall data to generate monthly rainfall depth and estimate rainfall values at different return […]

PERFORMANCE OF TWO AGRO-HYDROLOGICAL MODELS IN SIMULATING SOIL WATER BALANCE OF A RAINFED MAIZE FIELD

ABSTRACT Roles of water balance components in any agro-ecological system are indispensible for most physical and physiological processes within the soil-plant-atmosphere system. The performance of two agro-hydrological models: the Soil-Water-Atmosphere-Plant (SWAP) and Irrigation Scheduling Impact Assessment model (ISIAMOD) in simulating soil water balance components (SWBC) of a cropped field under rainfed condition, was studied in […]

MODIFICATION AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF IAR GROUNDNUT SHELLER FOR SOME SELECTED VARIETIES OF PULSES

ABSTRACT IAR groundnut sheller was developed in 1985 and the design was based on the properties of the then groundnut variety known as Ex-Dakar. New varieties were later developed whose acceptability in practice override, this called for its modification and determination of the characteristics of new varieties.The machine size was modified resulting in the modification […]

DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF AN AXIAL-FLOW MILLET THRESHER

ABSTRACT Existing millet threshers have not been performing up to expectation. Based on this, the physical properties of pearl millet grains were determined and used to design an axial-flow millet thresher. The length, width, thickness, geometric diameter, sphericity, surface area of the grains were found to decreased with decrease in moisture content of the grains […]

PERFORMANCE OF TWO SUNFLOWER (Helianthus annuus L.) VARIETIES UNDER VARYING PLANTING DENSITY AND NITROGEN LEVELS

ABSTRACT The performance of two sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) varieties under varying plant density and nitrogen levels was investigated under field condition in 2012 rainy and dry seasons at the Institute for Agricultural Research farm and irrigation research farm in Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru Zaria (11º12N07º37E686 above sea level). The treatments evaluated consisted of four rates […]

THE EFFECT OF NEEMBIOPESTICIDE ON GRASSHOPPERS

CHAPTER ONE  1.0 INTRODUCTION Grasshoppers and locusts include insects in different families belonging to the super family Acridoidea and the order Orthoptera Grasshoppers and locusts are distinguishable from other orthopterans primarily on the basis of their external morphology. The most obvious and distinctive features of grasshoppers and locusts are their enlarged hind legs and their […]

ECONOMICS OF VEGETABLE PRODUCTION

CHAPTER ONE  INTRODUCTION  1.1. Background of the Study  In Nigeria, vegetable crops are produced in different agro-ecological zones through commercial as well as small scale farmers both as a source of income as well as food. However, the type is limited to few crops and production is concentrated to some pocket areas. In spite of this, […]

EFFECT OF DIFFERENT RATES OF CATTLE DUNG ON SOIL PHYSIOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES AND GROWTH AND YIELD OF CUCUMBER (Cucumis sativus)

ABSTRACT The field experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of different rates of cattle dung on soil physiochemical properties and growth and yield of cucumber during the 2010 planting season. The experiment was a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with five rates (0kg/ha, 50kg/ha, 100kg/ha, 150kg/ha, 200kg/ha) of cattle dung replicated four time. The […]

PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF NERICA PADDY (RICE)

CHAPTER ONE 1.0 INTRODUCTION: 1.1 RESEARCH BACKGROUND: After harvest, agro raw materials are normally handled, transported, dried, stored and further processed into food, feed and fiber. In some basic post harvest activities, separation processes such as sorting, grading and cleaning are involved. In mechanized operations, these post harvest processes are supposed to be carried out […]

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF REVERSE OSMOSIS DESALINATION OF WATER FOR AGRICULTURAL IRRIGATION APPLICATIONS

ABSTRACT The combination of an ever-increasing population and a diminishing usable water supply threatens the sustainability of humanity’s existence on a global scale, especially in California, where agriculture is so integral to the state’s economy. Due to widespread recognition of this problem, there has been a growing trend in the development of alternative water resources, […]

EFFECT OF DEPOSIT MONEY BANKS CREDIT ON THE PERFORMANCE OF MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES IN NIGERIA

Abstract Banks are the most important example of a class of institutions called financial intermediaries, firms that extend credit to borrowers using funds raised from savers.       However, credit is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end. The ultimate goal is to affect productivity. For both developing and developed countries, micro, small and […]

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