PROFITABILITY OF LIVINGSTONE POTATOES PRODUCTION IN LERE LOCAL AREA OF KADUNA STATE

Author(s): Ojo, I.H; Lyocks, S.W.J. Uchendu, C.U. and Ibrahim M.J.
Volume/Issue: Volume 2 , Issue 1 (2022)

ABSTRACT:

The study assessed the profitability of Livingstone potato production in Lere Local Government Area (LGA), Kaduna State. Lere LGA of Kaduna State was purposively selected for the study. With the help of extension agents of Lere Agricultural Development Program zone of Kaduna State, 106 Livingstone potato farmers were identified from 8 villages. All the identified Livingstone potato farmers were used for the study. Primary data were collected through the use of structured questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive statistics and gross margin analysis. About 74.5% and 76.4% of the Livingstone potato farmers were male and married respectively. The average age, family size and farm size allocated for Livingstone potato production was 42.8 years, 11 person per family and 0.6 hectare, respectively. About 65.1% of the Livingstone potato farmers did not receive extension services for their production. Finding of the study show that Livingstone potato production was profitable with returns rate of N1.59 for every N1 invested. Lack of training/extension and marketing outlet were ranked 1st and 2nd constraints to Livingstone potato production in the study area. The study suggested that the farmers should increase the farm size allocated to Livingstone potato production so as to enjoy a better return of their inputs in production. Extension services and training on Livingstone potato should be improved upon in Lere LGA of Kaduna State.

KEYWORDS:

Constraints, Livingstone Potato, Profitability, Returns on Investment