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Title:Relative profitability of cassava-based mixed cropping systems among various production scale operators in Ogun and Oyo States Southwest Nigeria
Authors:Obayelu, A.E.
Afolami, C.A.
Agbonlahor, M.U.
Periodical:African Development Review (ISSN 1017-6772)
Geographic term:Nigeria
agricultural production
crop yields
Abstract:Cassava is a very important crop in Nigeria because of its comparative production advantage over other staples. This study estimated the relative profitability of cassava production and determined the effects of farm inputs on the level of profit of various scales of cassava production in Ogun and Oyo States, Nigeria. Cross-sectional data were collected from 265 cassava-based farmers using a multistage sampling technique and these were analysed using normalized profit function and budgetary analysis. Results showed that cassava/cowpea enterprises had the highest net margins of 127,249.63/ha and 122,325.73/ha in Ogun and Oyo States respectively. While the use of herbicides had a positive and significant effect on the profitability of small-scale cassava farming in both states, cassava-cuttings had a positive and significant effect on medium-scale cassava farming in both states. Similarly, labour and farm size had a positive and significant effect on large-scale cassava farming in both states. The study recommends that small and medium-scale farmers should increase the application of herbicide; large-scale cassava operators in Oyo State should increase the use of labour, while those in Ogun State should also increase the cultivated acreage of land. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]