Abuja Journal of Agriculture and Environment (AJAE)

ANALYSIS OF DETERMINANTS OF PRODUCTIVITY AND FOOD SECURITY OF EARLY MAIZE VARIETIES FARMERS IN GWAGWALADA AND KUJE AREA COUNCIL OF FCT, ABUJA.
Author(s): Agbonika D. A and Wapa J. M
Volume/Issue: Volume 2 , Issue 1 (2022)

ABSTRACT:

The study evaluated factors influencing early maize productivity and food security of farmers in Gwagwalada and Kuje area council of FCT, Abuja, Nigeria and identify the problems faced by farmers in the study area. Primary data were used for the study. A multi-stage sampling technique was employed in the selection of respondent for the study. The primary data were obtained using structured questionnaires. Descriptive statistics, logit regression model, t-test, food security line were used for the analysis of data. The major drivers of production in the study area were found to be farming experience, education, marital status, membership of cooperative societies, household income and extension contact.79% of producers with an average daily per capita household calorie consumption of 3606.30kcal were food secure while 44% of non- producers were food secured. Adequate policy measures should be put in place to fast track seed multiplication and distribution and on-farm trials through effective extension service delivery so as to intensify and sustain the production of early maize varieties.

KEYWORDS:

food security, productivity, maize varieties, early maize