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Title:Rice Farming in Nigeria: In Praise of the Smallholder
Authors:Nweke, Felix I.
Akorhe, Jonathan A.
Periodical:Food Policy
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:small farms
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
Abstract:Food production policy in Nigeria is now oriented towards large scale commercial production since it is presumed that the smallholder system on which Nigeria currently depends is inefficient and could not be relied upon to achieve the necessary increases in production. The present authors believe, however, that if the current policy inclination towards large scale farms is seriously pursued it could reI suit in wastage of scarce resources and in greater shortage of food and agricultural products. They reach this conclusion after studying the effects of the National Accelerated Food Production Programme (NAFPP) on technology adoption and resource productivity by means of a sample survey of major rice producing Local Government Areas, namely Lafia, Pankshin and Shendam in Plateau State. Their findings indicate that at the present level of Nigeria farmers' managerial ability and farm income, it would appear that the smallholder system is more efficient than the large scale system. Notes, tab.