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Greener Journal of  Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (9), pp. 649-655, September 2013.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 © 2011 Greener Journals

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 072313747

 

Gender Analysis of Determinants of Labor Input among Yam Farmers in Paiko Local Government Area of Niger State, Nigeria

 

*Ojo C. O., Bulama Y. M., and Mohammed U. A.

 

Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Maiduguri,

Borno State, Nigeria.

 

*Corresponding Author’s Email: nickatie2003 @ yahoo.com, Telephone: 2348059217709


Abstarct:

The study examined factors that determined labor input of male and female managed farms among yam producing households in Paiko Local government area of Niger State. Primary data were used and a structured questionnaire was the instrument used to collect data. Simple random sampling technique was used to select 60 households from where 60 respondents (30 male and 30 female) were obtained. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data collected. The findings of the study revealed that 76.63% of the male respondents were aged 20-40 years, while 78.3% of the female were aged 20-40 years. Determinants of labor supply among the female managed farms had R2 of 49% with family size, farm size and yam farming experience being statistically significant while among male managed farms, R2 was 90.3% and farm size, age, wage rate, number of extension visits and family size were statistically significant. The major constraints to yam farming among the male yam farmers were lack of transportation and disease. On the other hand, the major constraints faced by the female farmers were time spent in household chores and transportation. It was recommended that Government should design policies that will help yam farmers to easily access loans at low interest. In order to ensure that the labor imputed into yam production is not wasted, farming inducement packages should be instituted. Such packages to be targeted at farmers include access to extension services and membership of cooperatives.
 
Keywords: Labor use, female managed farms, male managed farms, yam, Paiko LGA.

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