Samaru Journal Of Agricultural Education
Volume No: 8|
ISSN: 0794 – 7860|
| FullText PDF
Title: ANALYSIS OF MAIZE PRODUCTION IN DOGUWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF KANO STATE, NIGERIA
YAKUBU, A., OLADIMEJI, Y. U. AND SANI. A. A.&NBSP;
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS / INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURE RESEARCH, FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA, NIGERIA
This paper analysed maize production in Doguwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State, Nigeria. The specific objectives are to describe the socio-economic characteristics of maize farmers, determine the profitability of maize production and describe constraints faced by maize farmers in the study area. One hundred and seventy nine (179) maize farmers out of 1,506 were sampled using a multistage sampling procedure. The first stage involved purposive selection of Doguwa LGA based on predominance of sole maize production among the farmers. Thereafter, five districts were randomly selected from the ten districts. Primary data were used and collected with the aid of a structured questionnaire. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics and budgetary model. The result of the socio-economic analysis shows that majority of the maize farmers had mean age of 42 years and a mean household size of 15 persons. The finding also revealed that the net farm income was ₦65,979.75 per ha and return per naira invested is ₦1.95, indicating that for every ₦1 invested per ha a profit of ₦0.95 kobo was made. Result also showed that high cost of inputs, poor market price, and lack of capital are most severe constraints militating the chances of increasing maize production to achieve sustainable food production. It is recommended that maize production should be a pivotal component in government programme geared toward empowerment especially the teaming unemployed youths in Nigeria. Effort should be made by maize farmers to make their cooperative societies more formidable, in order to benefit from economics of bulk purchase of inputs, farm advisory services, increased access to credit, and access to modern farming techniques.