The study assessed the level of rice production in Ekiti State It determined the production level of rice and the sources of information on their production techniques respectively. Purposive and random sampling techniques were used to select 120 respondents. Interview schedule was used to collect data from the farmers. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics which were Chi-Square, Pearson Product Moment Correlation and ANOVAat p≤0.05. The study revealed that the average age of respondents was 45 years, male constituted larger percent (80.8%), married (86.7%), 86.7% had one form of education or the other, highest household size was 6-10 members (60.8%) and 66.7% had other source (s) of income. In addition, 53.4% of the respondents planted improved varieties of rice. “Fellow farmers (68.3%), family and friends (47.5%) and extension agents/Fadamaagents (56.7%) were the major sources of rice information sources. Majority (75.0%) of the respondents used hoes and cutlasses in preparing their farm land for rice production. The study, in addition revealed that the output of improved variety and combined varieties were high while local variety only was low. Chi Square analysis showed that there was no significant association between the use of rice production techniques by rice farmers and their level of production. The analysis of variance test showed that there were no significant differences in the level of rice production across the three local government areas. PPMC showed that only farm size had significant relationship with the level of production of the three varieties planted in the study area.
PAPER TITLE :ASSESSMENT OF RICE PRODUCTION LEVEL IN EKITI STATE NIGERIA
APPLIED TROPICAL AGRICULTURE | VOLUME 24 NUMBER 2 2019
- Author(s) : Olayinka, O. M. and Alfred, S. D. Y.