International Journal of Agriculture Extension and Social Development
2021, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Part A
Economic analysis of fluted pumpkin production by women in AWKA south local government area of Anambra state, Nigeria
Obiekwe Josephine N
The study on economic analysis of fluted pumpkin production by women in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria was designed to investigate the socioeconomic characteristics of women in fluted pumpkin production, the profitability of the enterprise, exogenous variables affecting the women’s profit, and the challenges facing women fluted pumpkin farmers in the area. The study applied a multistage sampling technique using a well-structured questionnaire to collect data from a cross-section of 150 women fluted pumpkin farmers in the study area. The study utilized a combination of analytical tools such as descriptive statistics, budgetary method, least square regression model, and 3 points Likert type scale to operationalize the study objectives. The study revealed that the average age, household size, farm size, farming experience, and monthly income were approximately 45 years, 11 persons, 1.3 ha, 13 years, and N31,500.00 respectively. The net farm income from fluted pumpkin production was N42,870.0, the return on investment was 1.66 to show that for every N1 investment, the women will make N1.66. The socioeconomic variables that influence women’s profit were age, level of education, farm size, farming experience, source of labour, and monthly income. They are further challenged by a high cost of labour, poor storage facility, inadequate funding, and problems of land acquisition, high cost of seed, poor yield, pest, and disease among other variables in the study area.
Obiekwe Josephine N. Economic analysis of fluted pumpkin production by women in AWKA south local government area of Anambra state, Nigeria. Int J Agric Extension Social Dev 2021;4(2):59-64. DOI: 10.33545/26180723.2021.v4.i2a.101