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Samaru Journal Of Agricultural Education

Year: 2017|   Volume No: 7|   ISSN: 0794 – 7860|   Page No: 23


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Title:  AN ASSESSMENT OF FARMERS INSIGHT ON THE ROLE OF PRIVATE SECTOR IN AGRICULTURAL INPUTS DISTRIBUTION IN NIGER STATE, NIGERIA

SANUSI, S. O.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND EXTENSION, FEDERAL UNIVERSITY GASHUA, P.M.B 1005 GASHUA, NGURU ROAD, YOBE STATE, NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

The focus of the study was to assess the role of private sector in agricultural inputs distribution by farmers in Niger State, Nigeria. Multistage sampling technique was used in selecting respondents for the study. A total of one hundred and eighty (180) farmers were randomly selected for the study. Also, twenty stakeholders comprising of suppliers, Agrodealers, Banks, Federal and State Ministry of Agriculture officials were equally interviewed. Data were analysed with the use of descriptive statistics. The study revealed that over 75% of the farmers are in active age group and are predominately male. The main role of private sector participation in inputs distribution was the reduction of inputs diversion to the minimum through effective operation. The constraints identified includes poor seed quality, bad road network, and lack of finance. Other problems are poor mobile network, low margins, delay in loan approval and price distortion. To improve inputs distribution, the study recommends government should synergise with the private sector for the procurement and distribution of inputs. National Agricultural Seeds Council should intensify efforts on it vision of building a market driven seed industry for the production and distribution of high quality planting materials that are available, accessible and affordable to all farmers. Standard Organisation of Nigeria should set standard and certify the quality of fertilizer and pesticides in the market. Lastly, efforts should be made to improve road network and credit facilities should be given to the farmers, agro dealers and suppliers in the agricultural inputs industry.

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