Samaru Journal Of Agricultural Education
Volume No: 8|
ISSN: 0794 – 7860|
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ASSESSMENT OF THE DETERMINANTS OF VOLUME OF PALM OIL OUTPUT IN OVIA NORTH EAST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF EDO STATE, NIGERIA
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA, NIGERIA
This study assessed the volume of palm oil output in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria. Efforts were made to examine the socio economic characteristics of palm oil producers, identify the determinants of the volume of palm oil produced as well as the constraints to palm oil production in the study area. A two stage sampling technique was used in selecting the respondents. Seventy-one respondents were randomly selected from 4 villages. Data were generated by the use of structured questionnaire during 2014/2015 production season. Descriptive statistics and Ordinary Least Square (OLS) regression were used in analysing the data. Results revealed male dominance (95.77%) in palm oil production in the study area and majority (70.42%) use local method of processing. Estimate on the determinants of the volume of palm oil output in the study area showed that the coefficient of age, method of processing, educational level, household size, price of palm fruit and cost of labour significantly affect the volume of palm oil output. Inadequate capital (100%), inadequate processing machine (94.37%) and high cost of processing (85.92%), were the major problems associated with palm oil production in the study area. It is therefore recommended that modern method of palm oil processing should be used and the necessary training and skills needed for palm oil processing should be acquired by the processsors.