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Title:Analysing farmers' resource allocation behaviour through models comparison: a case of Nigeria food crop farmers
Authors:Aromolaran, A.B.ISNI
Olayemi, J.K.ISNI
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
agricultural production
food crops
Abstract:In the analysis of most farm production problems in Nigeria, researchers have usually assumed a profit maximizing behavioural rule for the average Nigerian farmer. However, literature has it that farmers may in fact be more inclined to obey the behavioural rule of goal satisfaction first developed by R.M. Cyert and J.G. March (1963). The results of the present study, which was carried out among 160 farmers in Ifedapo Local Government Area of Oyo State during the 1990-1991 cropping season, indicate that small farmers are indeed satisfiers rather than maximizers in their resource allocation behaviour. This suggests that the linear goal programming model may be more suitable for analysing farmers' resource allocation behaviour than single magnitude maximization models, while the gross farm income maximization model would be the second choice and unconstrained profit maximization models the least suited. Bibliogr., ref., sum.