Toluwase and Apata Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (1), pp.063-067, January 2013 ISSN: 2276-7770 Research Paper Manuscript Number:111612269 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2013.1.111612269 Impact of Farmers’ Cooperative on Agricultural Productivity in Ekiti State, Nigeria 1*Toluwase, S.O.W. and 2O.M. Apata Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Services, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Corresponding Author’s Email: sowtoluwase @ yahoo.co.uk, Tel: +2348062294631 Abstract: The study examined the impact of farmer’s cooperative on Agricultural productivity in Ekiti State, Nigeria. Multistage random sampling technique was used to select three local Government Areas from which two villages were selected. Ten cooperator farmers were selected randomly and ten non-cooperator farmers were purposively selected from each village to make one hundred and twenty respondents. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive analytical tools, T-test and correlation analysis to determine the impact of cooperative on farmers’ productivity. The findings revealed that 72.5% of the respondents were male and 46.7 years as the mean age of farmers. The study also revealed that 65% of the respondents were full time farmers and that farmers’ cooperative was their main source of agricultural information. The result of t-test and correlation analysis on the relationship between the socio-economic characteristic of farmers and productivity were significant at 1% and 5% levels of significance. Age (r = 0.190, p =0 .037), Nature of farming (X2 = 4.779, p=0.051), Years of farming (r=184.738, p=0.012). Keywords: Impact, Farmers’ Cooperative, Agricultural Productivity and Food Security. Return to Content View [Full Article – PDF] [Full Article – HTML] [Full Article – EPUB] Reference: Mc Bride G (1986). Agricultural Cooperatives. Their how and their why. Avis Pub. Company. Communities. P. 88 – 95. Olayemi AO, Olayide SO, Eweka JA and Bello – Osagie VE (1980). Nigeria Small Scale Farmers Problems and Prospect in Integrated Rural Development (CARD), University of Ibadan. P. 5 – 20. Olayide SO (1980). “Characteristics, Problem and Significant of small farmer’s”. In: small farmer’s in Nigeria, problem and prospects. By Emeka, J. A; Bello – Osagie, V. E. (eds). University of Ibadan. Olayide SO and Ogunfiditimi JK (1980). Small Scale Farmers and Extension Service. Nigeria Small Scale Farmers Problems and Prospect in Integrated Rural Development (CARD), University of Ibadan. Oshuntogun AO (1980). Cooperative and Small Farmers. Nigeria Small Scale Farmers Problems and Prospect in Integrated Rural Development (CARD), University of Ibadan. Toluwase SOW (2004). “Impact Assessment of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) in Alleviating Poverty among Food Crop Farmers in Ekiti State, Nigeria”. Unpublished Ph.D Thesis Submitted to the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria.