Abuja Journal of Agriculture and Environment (AJAE)

ASSESSMENT OF MALE AND FEMALE PARTICIPATION IN RICE PRODUCTION
ACTIVITIES IN LAU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS OF TARABA STATE, NIGERIA
Author(s): BAKARI D; AGYO Z. B. AND JUVOH J.
Volume/Issue: Volume 1 , Issue 1 (2021)

ABSTRACT:

The study assessed male and female participation in rice production activities in Lau Local Government Area of Taraba State, Nigeria. Rice farmers in Lau Local Government constituted the population of the respondents. Structured questionnaires were used for data collection. Multi stage sampling procedure was employed where a total of 99 respondents were selected. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistic. The findings showed that majority of the women 70% were involved in marketing while only about 47% of the men were involved in marketing. The result also showed that 45% of the female are involved in transportation activities while about 67.7% of the male participated in transportation activities. About 56.1% of the females were involved in drying while only about 23% of the males participated in the drying. The result further showed that, 37.3% of the female were involved in storage activities while majority of the males 72.7% participated in storage activities more than their female counterpart. The result also indicated that 38% of the female were involved in packaging while 69.7% of the males were involved in the packaging. The result showed that the females were more involved in parboiling of rice than the males. About 21% of the females were involved in tilling while majority 73.1% of the males were involved in the tilling, about 42% of the females were involved in clearing while 55.2% of the males were involved in land clearing. Result also shows that the difference in participation of male and female farmers in rice production is not significant (t= 0.03225) with female ( ̅ and male ( ̅ and female mean ̅ difference of (0.1). The male farmers according to the means differences participate more in rice production than females in the study area. Based on this the following recommendation were made; Female education should be encouraged by government. This will help to increase the number of women participating in new findings in agriculture. Married men should be sensitized on how to release their wives to participate in rice processing, and other farming activities that will go a long way to improve the income of their wives.

KEYWORDS:

Participation, rice, production activities, gender