Sodiq and Adeyemo
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Vol. 5 (4), pp. 118-121, July 2015.
Manuscript Number: 050115057
Determinant of Gross Margin in Vegetable Production: Case Study of Iwo Zone of Osun State
Sodiq Ayodeji Ridwan and *Adeyemo Abolade Olufemi
Department of Agricultural- Science, Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author’s Email: boladeadeyemo@ gmail. com, Tel: 08034129007
This study examined the determinant of gross margin in vegetable production, a case study of Iwo Zone of Osun state of Agricultural Development Programme (ASDP). Data were collected by administering 120 questionnaires to vegetable farmers selected through multistage sampling procedure. The data collected were subjected to descriptive and inferential statistics. The result of the findings revealed that majority (60.0) of the vegetable farmers were between the ages of 46-50 years. The mean age was 46 years. Majority (84.17%) of the farmers were married and 73.3% of the vegetable farmers had no formal education which was a major problem that compounded their gross margin. Most of the farmers (45.83%) procured their input from OSSADEP and less than half (39.17%) of the farmers got their farming land on rent. The study further revealed that the labour cost, cost of fertilizer, cost of seed were the main determinants of the gross margin in vegetable production which were significant at 10% and 1% levels of significance respectively. In the light of all this, it was recommended that formal education should be provided to the farmers informally to serve as motivation to them, in adopting improved farming practices and the government should provide highly subsidized equipment to the farmers at low cost to reduce their labour cost.
Key words: Gross margin; Agricultural development programme; vegetable.
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