EVALUATION OF THE ACCESS AND UTILIZATION OF AGRO INPUTS BY YAM FARMERS IN ZANGON-KATAF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA

Ogbole J E, D Jumbo, Dr. T Rabi’u

Abstract


The study evaluates access and utilization of agro inputs by yam farmers in Zangon-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. This was achieved by evaluating the socio-economic characteristics of the farmers. Purposive sampling design was adopted to select three yam farming villages/communities (Kurmin-bi, Jankasa and Gora). Three Hundred and twenty (320) farmers (samples) were randomly used. Descriptive and inferential (Binary logistic) statistics were used to analyze the data. The demographic attributes revealed that 88% of the farmers were male with 12% females. Logistic regression analysis showed that age had a negative value (p=0.186) with no significance influence on utilization of agro inputs among the farmers and a weak relationship (15%) between the farmer’s socio economic characteristics and utilization of agro inputs in the study area. Moreover, a weak relationship between institutional factors and agro inputs utilization was also established. Increase in any of the factors had a likelihood of insignificant change to agro inputs utilization; though access to infrastructure by 19.966 could result to increase by a factor of number. It is therefore concluded that farmers’ yam production was low due to numerous constraints encountered such as capital, high cost of agro inputs, among others. The study recommended that, financial institutions and registered yam associations should increase the rate of access to loan and credit facility to encourage utilization of agro inputs among the yam farmers in the area.


Keywords


Accessibility, Utilization, Yam-farmers, Agro- inputs.

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