Productivity and Technical Efficiency of Cassava Farmers Participating in National Programme for Food Security (NPFS) in Oyo State, Nigeria


Authors : Fasakin Idowu James; Fatiregun Abosede Adebisi; Olajide Olatunji Oyebisi; Adewale Ayoola Abosede; Irhivben Odafe Bright

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 8 - August

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8416545

Failures in agricultural programs, inadequate rural infrastructure, access to inputs, and a wide range of socio-cultural issues like farmer-herder conflicts, land disputes, and environmental degradation, among other things, have been some of the difficulties Nigerian cassava farmers have faced over the years. These issues significantly impact the productivity and efficiency of rural farmers in Nigeria. As a result, this study investigates the Technical Efficiency of Nigeria's Oyo State's cassava growers. Using multi-stage sampling approaches, primary data were gathered from 200 cassava growers participating in the National Programme for Food Security (NPFS). The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and stochastic frontier analysis (SFA).the National Programme on Food Security (NPFS). The (SFA) results indicate that herbicide quantity and labour used positively influenced cassava output, while the fertilizer quantity negatively affected the cassava output of farmers. The technical inefficiency of the farmers was influenced by marital status, education level, farm size, and access to farm machinery. Based on the findings' results, it is recommended that farm implements be available to farmers at a subsidized rate, with fewer administrative bottlenecks. Also, training and education of the farmers on the proper use of inputs to reduce their technical inefficiencies should be prioritized.

Keywords : Cassava Farmers, Technical Efficiency, Productivity, Inefficiency, Oyo State.

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