Discourse Journal of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Volume 5 Issue 5 Page 60 - 65. August 2017

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Strategies for Improving Cocoyam Production among Farmers in Anambra State, Nigeria

Nenna Mgbedike1, Ugwumba Celestine1, Obiekwe Josephine2 and Akubuilo Cletus3

1Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Anambra State University, Igbariam Campus
2Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
3Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Enugu State University of Science and Technology


Abstract

This study was informed by the need to establish the strategies for sustainable production of cocoyam which due to production and preservation challenges has witnessed decreasing producers’ patronage, though it commands important economic and health values. It identified the farmers’ socio-economic characteristics, cropping pattern, constraints and strategies for improving cocoyam production. Multistage, purposive and random sampling methods were used to select 120 respondents. Data were collected by means of structured interview schedule, and analyzed using frequencies, percentages, bar charts and means. Results showed that literate (69.17%), married (76.67%) and experienced (100%) farmers dominated cocoyam production. Cocoyam was majorly (96%) inter planted with vegetables, maize (80%), yam (70%) and least oil palm (30%). Serious constraints to cocoyam production were high cost of labour, scarcity of fund, high incidence of pests and diseases, low soil fertility, inadequate extension services and high cost of fertilizers. Major strategies for improving cocoyam production were the provision of adequate credit facilities, formation of cooperative societies, regular visit by extension agents and use of resistant varieties. Government intervention through the provision of cheap credit facilities, subsidization of production inputs and broadening of extension services would mitigate the problems and ensure sustainable supply of product to consumers.

Keywords: Cocoyam, Production strategies, Decreasing supply, Anambra Nigeria

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