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Academic Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Research  Vol. 2(4), pp. 63-66, August, 2014.

 DOI: 10.14662/ARJASR2014.021. ISSN: 2360-7874 ©2014 Academic Research Journals

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Assessment of Farm Inputs Utilization and Profitability of Rice Farms in Nasarawa State of Nigeria


Oyewole, S. O., Akintola, A. L. and Ayanrinde, F. A.


1Savanna Forestry Research Station, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Samaru-Zaria. *Corresponding author’s email:

2Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria.


Accepted 6 August 2014



This study examined the economic efficiency of rice farms in Nasarawa State. Data were obtained from 150 rice farmers with the aid of structured questionnaire. Stochastic frontier cost function was used in analysing the data. From the results, the gamma estimates showed that 95%, 99%, 96%, and 99% variation in total cost of rice production for Nasarawa south, north, west and all zones respectively were due to cost inefficiency in the model. The major variables influencing total cost of rice production in Nasarawa State were the cost of farm size, seed, labour, agro-chemicals and rice output. The results also showed that the average economic efficiency were 42, 35, 59, and 37 respectively. It was revealed that Nasarawa west had the best economic efficiency. The determinants of cost inefficiency were education, household size and extension contact. The study recommends that production of rice in Nasarawa State should involve an integrated and policy approach that will promotes education among rice farmers. This is because education was found as significant variable influencing cost efficiency of rice farm in Nasarawa State. It can be achieved for example through the introduction of adult literacy programmes.

Keywords: Farm inputs, Profitability, Rice Farm, Nasarawa State




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