Analysis of Effect of Integrated Farmersí Scheme Project on Beneficiaries Farm Output in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
|Author(s)||Onumadu, F. N., Inyang, N.U.|
|Issue Date||January, 2015|
|Publishing Date||January, 2015|
|Keywords||Effect, IFSP, Beneficiaries, Income|
The study examined the effect of Integrated Farmers Scheme Project on beneficiariesí farm output in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. The objectives of the study were to: examine the socio-economic characteristics of the respondents in the study area; and to determine the difference in output between the IFS beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries in the study area. The study relied mainly on primary data collected via questionnaire which were administered to 184 respondents consisting of 92 IFS beneficiaries and 92 non-beneficiaries. The data were analyzed using the descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings indicated that majority of the respondents 64.1% of the beneficiaries and 55.4% of the non-beneficiaries were in their active ages. About 60.9% of the beneficiaries and 50% of the non-beneficiaries are single. Majority of the respondents had a mean household size of 3 with average farming experience of 4.35 and 4.65 years for beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries respectively with 100% of beneficiaries and 98.9% of the non-beneficiaries members being literate. The study further revealed that the output of the beneficiaries in the study area was 104.499 (Grain Equivalent) while that of the non-beneficiaries was 77.549 (Grain Equivalent) with a margin of 26.949 (Grain Equivalent) and was statistically significant at 1% probability level. The study recommends that the programme has positive effect on the beneficiaries, therefore, there is need to increase the number of its beneficiaries. Furthermore, the scope of the programme is skewed in favour of agriculture, it should be integrated.