Stochastic Frontier Production Function on the Resource Use Efficiency of Fadama II Crop Farmers in Adamawa State, Nigeria (Published)
This study assess the resource use efficiency of Fadama II beneficiary crop farmers in Adamawa state, Nigeria . Data were collected on a sample of 160 farmers and were analyzed using stochastic frontier production function. The maximum likelihood estimates (MLE) for the stochastic production function results shows that the coefficients of farm size, inorganic fertilizer, hired labour and expenses on ploughing, significantly affect food crop output of the respondents. The mean technical efficiency was 0.71 (or 71%), the mean allocative efficiency was 0.76 (or 76%) and the mean economic efficiency was 0.54 (or 54%). The study concludes that, the maximum likelihood estimates (MLE) for the stochastic production function of the coefficients of farm size(X1), inorganic fertilizer (X3), hired labour (X5) and expenses on ploughing (X6) were found to be positive and significantly affect food crop output of the respondents with the mean technical efficiency is 0.71 (or 71%). It is however recommended that, Government and other donor agencies should intensify advisory services activities on effective resource allocation, utilization and other ways of increasing farmers’ beneficiary income. Government in partnership with private sector should encourage farmers to increase its technical efficiency in food crop production which could be achieved through improved farmer specific efficiency factors, which include improved farmer education, access to credit, access to improved extension services and less crop diversification. Government to introduce mentorship and pre-job training programmes and to include the youth in policy decisions.
Analysis of Impact of National Fadama II Facility in Alleviating Poverty on Food Crop Farmers in Adamawa State, Nigeria (Published)
This study analyzed the impact of Fadama II project in alleviating poverty on food crop farmers in Adamawa state. Data were collected on a sample of 160 farmers and were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Foster, Greer and Thorbecke (FGT) Index. The findings from the study showed that about 24 percent of the respondents lived below the poverty line of $1.25 while about 76 percent are those above the agreed standard accepted in the study. This study shows very few of the respondents were poor hence, the project has made an impact on the poverty level of the crop farmers in the study area. This may be due to the fact that the fadama farmers engaged in different production activities resulting to increase in income thereby reducing poverty amongst them. It is however recommended that, Government should take renewed interest in dry season production by strengthening support and public-private partnership so as to boost production and win niche markets with a challenge of making better markets for farmers