Abuja Journal of Agriculture and Environment (AJAE)

FARM PRODUCTIVITY AND PROFITABILITY OF TROPICAL MANIHOT SELECTION CASSAVA VARIETIES IN EBONYI STATE, NIGERIA
Author(s): Esheya, Samuel Esheya, Sylvanus Ibeabuchi Ogbonna & Helen Bassey Inyang
Volume/Issue: Volume 3 , Issue 1 (2023)

ABSTRACT:

This study evaluated farm productivity and profitability of Tropical Manihot Selection(TMS)cassava varieties in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. One hundred and twenty respondents were randomly selected from twelve villages using multi stage random sampling technique. Primary data for the study was collected using a well-structured questionnaire and interview scheduled. Percentages responses, allocative efficiency model and gross margin analysis were used to capture the specific objectives of the study. The results of the socioeconomic characteristics showed that majority of the respondents were females, youthful, married, educated, moderate household size, well educated, experienced and had access to credit. The limiting factors to production of TMS cassava production in the study area were land problem, high cost of labour, high cost of fertilizer, theft and poor access to extension services. The result of the Gross Margin analysis showed that the production of Tropical Manihot Selection cassava varieties was profitable in the study area with Gross margin of N994, 300, Farm Income; N988, 752 and Benefit Cost Ratio of 1: 3.7. There is need to make policies options in order to ensure farmers’ access to credit facility, educational programmes, labour saving devices and extension services.

KEYWORDS:

Cassava varieties, productivity, profitability, Tropical Manihot Selection