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Determination of Resource Use Efficiency of Rice Farmers in Kaambe District of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria

1Department of Geography, Benue State University, Makurdi


World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2013, Vol. 1 No. 6, 143-148
DOI: 10.12691/wjar-1-6-9
Copyright © 2013 Science and Education Publishing

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Terwase Shabu. Determination of Resource Use Efficiency of Rice Farmers in Kaambe District of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria. World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2013; 1(6):143-148. doi: 10.12691/wjar-1-6-9.

Correspondence to: Terwase  Shabu, Department of Geography, Benue State University, Makurdi. Email: terwasesuccess@yahoo.com

Abstract

This study examines the resource use efficiency of rice farmers in Kaambe district of Guma Local Government Area to help improve rice production in Benue State, Nigeria. A sample size of 100 rice farmers was randomly selected from four rice farming communities of the study area. Data collected were farm size, amount of fertilizer, herbicide/pesticide, planting seeds, farm labour and capital. A regression model was used as analytical tool. The Coefficient of determination (R2) of productivity level by rice farmers is 0.812 with improved seeds and the farm hecterage as the most significant predictors of the productivity achieved by rice farmers. The research concludes that, rice farmers were making efficient use of available resources. Productivity level of rice farmers in the area was determined by 81.2% of the farm inputs such as farm size, fertilizer, herbicide /pesticide, planting seeds, farm labour and capital. These shows that, the variables can therefore be further exploited to improve productivity level of rice farmers to boost rice production in the area.

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