Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences

Year: 2010
Volume: 7
Issue: 4
Page No. 330 - 333

Reducing the Incidence Household Food Insecurity via Crop Production among Farmers in Patigi Local Government Area, Kwara State

Authors : A.L. Ala and F.A. Bello

Abstract: The study was conducted to examine the reduction in the incidence of household food insecurity via crop production among farmers in Patigi Local Government Area, Kwara State. Simple random sampling was used to select 120 farmers. The sample size were drawn from the three districts in the area, five villages from each districts and eight farmers from each village which make a total of 120 farmers. Primary data was obtained with the use of questionnaire. Data collected were analyzed using frequency and percentages. The study revealed that the level of farming in the area is high because all the respondents are farmers. Only few of the farmers are involved in non-farming activities such as trading (16%), civil servant (13%) and other activities (25%). It is equally discovered that their involvement in farming activities towards household food security is however, high. The result also revealed that, rice, sorghum, maize, groundnut, melon, millet, yam, cassava, beans and sweet-potatoes are the major type of crops grown in the area. But they grow more of rice (73%), sorghum (60%), melon (26.7%), groundnut (23%), maize (22.5%), yam (22.5%), cassava (20.8%) and millet (1.7%). They also consume more of rice (74.2%), sorghum (85%), cassava (72.5%), maize (27.5%), yam (20.8%), beans (10.8%) and sweet-potatoes (4.2%). They earned more revenue from rice (87%), sorghum (35%), melon (14.2%), yam (10.8%), maize (7.5%), groundnut (7.5%), cassava (5%) and millet (0.8%). Some of the factors found to be affecting household food security in the area were storage facilities (99.2%), access to credit (95.8%), farm inputs (72.5%), favorable government policy (23%) and other factors like bad road, electricity, irrigation system (50.8%). It was recommended that production of rice, sorghum and cassava should be intensified in the area as they contribute tremendously to food security in the area.

How to cite this article:

A.L. Ala and F.A. Bello, 2010. Reducing the Incidence Household Food Insecurity via Crop Production among Farmers in Patigi Local Government Area, Kwara State. Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences, 7: 330-333.

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