|Type||Journal Article - World J Young Researchers|
|Title||Yam Production in Offrire Local Government Area of Oyo State, Nigeria: Farmer’s Perceived Constraints|
The study identified various constraints to yam production in Orire Local Government area of Oyo State as perceived by yam
farmers in the area. An interview schedule was administered to the respondents to elicit useful information. Multistage
sampling technique was used to select 80 respondents from 5 agricultural extension cells randomly chosen in the study area.
Results of the study showed that majority of the respondents were male and inherited their farming land. Majority (71.3%)
were small scale farmers that normally cultivate between 1.0 to 2.0 hectares of land, also majority of the respondents
practices mixed cropping, only 48.7% practices sole cropping for yam. Yam had high socio-cultural significance in the study
area and was perceived as the most important crop cultivated in the area followed by maize and cassava. However, serious
constraints to yam production in the area as perceived by the respondents include low soil fertility, lack of improved yam
varieties, inadequate information on improved yam production, disease and pest attack, unavailability of inorganic fertilizer,
high cost of hired labour, lack of finance to carry out necessary farming activities, among others. These findings suggest the
need for provision of adequate agro- service shops where farmers can obtain their farm input at subsidized prices as well as
the accessibility to credit facilities in order to enable the farmers to enhance their productivity of yam.
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