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Title:A comparative study of the economic performance of farmers under large scale and motorized pump irrigation systems in Katsina State of Nigeria
Author:Alimi, TaiwoISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Discovery and Innovation (ISSN 1015-079X)
Volume:19
Issue:4
Period:December
Pages:28-37
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:irrigation
agricultural productivity
food crops
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
Irrigation pumps
Farmers--Eonomic conditions
Link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/dai/article/view/15804
Abstract:This study determined the better irrigation method between large-scale and motorized pump to recommend to farmers in Katsina State of Nigeria. The target populations were farmers under large-scale (FULS) and farmers using motorized pumps (FUMP) and were compared along their socioeconomic characteristics, farm sizes, crop yields, costs and revenues of farming. The data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics; budgetary and regression techniques. Results indicated that the FUMP were older, had a larger family size and were less literate. The FULS had better access to inputs through government assistance, operated larger farm sizes and obtained larger mean yields. The higher output obtained by FULS was significant. Crop farming under the two systems was profitable but more profitable under FULS. As such, based on the present prevailing conditions, FULS would be recommended. In order to increase revenue (output) in irrigated farming, young individuals should be attracted, literacy encouraged and levels of fertilizers and loans increased. However, results indicated that FUMP were poorer in the socioeconomic characteristics that influence output which, if improved, could make FUMP comparable to FULS. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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