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Otitoju, Moradeyo Adebanjo
Ochimana, Dennis D.
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[Journal:] Cogent Economics & Finance [ISSN:] 2332-2039 [Volume:] 4 [Year:] 2016 [Issue:] 1 [Pages:] 1-9
This study investigated the determinants of farmers' access to fertilizer under Fertilizer Task Force Distribution System in Kogi State, Nigeria. A multi-stage random technique was used to select 160 farmers for the study. Probit model analysis on the factors that influence farmers' access to fertilizer showed that age of the farmers, farm size (negative), distance to procurement centers, and social participation (positive) significantly influenced the probability of farmers' access to fertilizer. Effective strategies of task force in the procurement and distribution of fertilizer perceived by the respondents among others are: distribution of fertilizer through local government agricultural offices, subsidy at source including transportation subsidy to delivery points, and promotion of subsidies for the poor farmers, development of private agro-dealers network. It is envisaged that these factors could serve as a guide to policy-makers regarding procurement and distribution of fertilizer to enhance farmers' access and crop productivity in Nigeria.
farmers' access
probit analysis
task force distribution system
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