SOCIO-ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THE USE OF TUBEHELLS FOR DRY SEASON FARMING IN THE NORTHERN ZONE OF SQKOTO AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

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SOCIO-ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THE USE OF TUBEHELLS FOR DRY SEASON FARMING IN THE NORTHERN ZONE OF SQKOTO AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Abstract:

For areas with water problem, it is generally believed that dry season farming can increase total agricultural production and consequently agricultural productivity. Intervention in smallscale dry season irrigation farming is also known to favour the small-scale farmers scattered all over an area. However, for a meaningful government intervention to be made, the level of resource use and profitability of the small-scale irrigation farming need to be known. This study examined the problems, profitability and level of resource use among farmers involved in dry season tubewell irrigation farming. Data for this study were collected from primary sources through personal interview. The questionaire was administered to 42 randomly selected fadama farmers from two purposively selected villages . The descriptive statistics, farm budget and regression analysis were used to determine social characteristics of the farmers, level of resource use and profitability of the irrigation farming. The results of the study showed that majority of the small scale irrigation tubewell farmers were in the active labour force of 39 years and acquired their fadama lands basically through inheritance. It has also been established that majority of the tubewell farmers got their farm inputs from the open market at prohibitive costs — costs that were as much as three times the official prices

SOCIO-ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THE USE OF TUBEHELLS FOR DRY SEASON FARMING IN THE NORTHERN ZONE OF SQKOTO AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

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