Factors Affecting Groundnut Production by Small Scale Farmers in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigeria

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Adewuyi A. K.
Omar I. Amina
Offar G.
Idris, A.I.

Abstract

The major decision towards maintaining high level production of food crops such as groundnuts include the efficiency in the use of resources by small-holder farmers. Hence, this study aimed at analyzing the resource-use efficiency of small-holder groundnut farmers in Chibok L.G.A of Borno State, Nigeria. The data for the research were obtained using simple random sampling technique by administering structured questionnaires. The data collected were analyzed using analytical tools such as simple descriptive statistics and Multiple Regression. The results of the study showed that majority of the farmers (56.0%) were young and within the active ages of between 30 – 49 yrs. Also, most of the farmers were males, educated in one form or the other (66%) and maintaining small plots of farmland of just 1.0ha as well as having moderate household-size of between 6 and 10. The regression results revealed that the factors that affect the output of groundnut production in the area include fertilizer, labour, herbicides, pesticides and farm size. The findings of the research have shown that fertilizer as one of the resources in the groundnut production was over-utilized (r < 1); while farm size was under-utilized (r > 1). The result identified insecurity (46%) as the major problem facing the farmers in the area. Therefore, it was recommended that the issue of insecurity in the area should be given a top priority by the government. Also, more young people in the area should be encouraged to engage in groundnut farming to efficiently utilize the vast available farmland. Government should make groundnut farming more attractive to them by providing incentives such as input subsidies, modern farm implements etc.

Keywords: Groundnut, Resource-Use, Production, Small-Holder, Farm Implements, Subsidy

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Factors Affecting Groundnut Production by Small Scale Farmers in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigeria. (2024). African Journal of Agricultural Science and Food Research, 14(1), 13-20. https://doi.org/10.62154/4b287j47
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