Abuja Journal of Agriculture and Environment (AJAE)

CONTRIBUTIONS OF SESAME PRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD OF FARMERS HOUSEHOLD IN SOUTHERN TARABA STATE, NIGERIA
Author(s): Rukwe, D. T., Orji, P.O., Elizabeth, Y.J and Bashir, M. B.
Volume/Issue: Volume 1 , Issue 1 (2021)

ABSTRACT:

This study examined the contributions of Sesame production to sustainable rural livelihood in Southern Taraba State, Nigeria. Specifically, the objectives of the study were to; estimate the profitability of Sesame produced in the study area; identify the benefits derived from Sesame production in the study area and identify the constraints to Sesame production in the study area. Purposive and random sampling techniques were employed in selection of respondents for the study. Data were collected from primary source using well-structured questionnaire and were analysed using descriptive and Farm budgeting technique. The findings from this study showed that Sesame production was profitable with Net farm income of ₦78, 307.70 and contributed to farmers household’s sustainable livelihood. The major constraints of the farmers were poor access to credit, lack of extension services and High cost of inputs. It was recommended that all surviving credit facilities and schemes put in place to assist farmers should be fortified so that farmers can have access to soft loan, and such loans should be interest free with no stringent condition so that farmers can enlarge their scale of production.

KEYWORDS:

Sesame, production, Farmers household and livelihood.