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Agricultural Studies, Vol. 2, Issue 3, Jun  2018, Pages 20-30; DOI: 10.31058/j.as.2018.23013 10.31058/j.as.2018.23013

Assessment of Input Needs of Women Vegetable Farmers in Gwer-East Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria

Agricultural Studies, Vol. 2, Issue 3, Jun  2018, Pages 20-30.

DOI: 10.31058/j.as.2018.23013

Kughur, Peter Gyanden *1 , Okeme, Simon 2 , Omaku, Isa Mohammed 3

1 Department of Agricultural Extension and Communication, College of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Agriculture, Makudi, Benue State, Nigeria

2 National Cereals Research Institute, Acha Station, Riyom, Jos Plateau State, Nigeria

3 Department of Agricultural Education, College of Education Akwanga, Akwanga, Nassarawa

State, Nigeria

Received: 20 December 2017; Accepted: 23 February 2018; Published: 29 May 2018

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Abstract

The study was carried out to assess input needs of women vegetable farmers in Gwer-East Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria. Simple random sampling was adopted in selecting 150 respondents. Primary data were collected using structured questionnaire. Data collected were analyzed through descriptive statistics and Logit regression. Results revealed that 66.7% were between 21-40 years, 82.0% were married, 58.0% were farmers with 62.0% having farming experience of at least 10 years, 60.0% acquired secondary school certificate, 51.3% had farm size of between 1.1-2.0 hectares, 55.3% had household size of between 6-10 persons and 37.5 % had an annual income of ₦150,001 and above. 34.0% required improved vegetable seeds 55.3% obtained chemical fertilizers, 65.3% farm inputs were inadequate, 63.3% their inputs priority was adequate agricultural information, 59.3% source their farm inputs from markets, 50.0% extent of access to farm inputs was high, 42.7% extension contact was low, 26.7% low level of education was one of the constraints faced by vegetable women farmers in accessing farm inputs. The result of logit regression analysis showed that number of years spent for formal education was significant at P<0.5 and it is recommended that farm inputs particularly improved vegetable seeds should be provided for the vegetable women farmers.

Keywords

Assessment, Input, Needs, Women, Vegetable, Farmers

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© 2017 by the authors. Licensee International Technology and Science Publications (UK). This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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