EFFECTS OF PROSELL ACTIVITIES ON LIVELIHOOD INCOME AND SAVINGS OF MAIZE FARMERS IN SOME SELECTED LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS OF TARABA STATE, NIGERIA

Author(s): Dominic Samson Bulambu, Mahmood Umar Hamid and Gambo Bala
Volume/Issue: Volume 3 , Issue 2 (2023)

ABSTRACT:

The study assessed the effects of PROSELL (Produce and Sell) activities on livelihood income and savings of maize farmers in some selected Local Government Areas of Taraba State. Probability sampling was used to select 180 PROSELL maize farmers from 21 PROSELL communities. Frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation and t-test were used to analyze the data for the study. The result of the study reveals farmers had a mean age of 45 years and 54.3% were male, the majority, (67.3% and 79.3%) were married, and acquired post-primary school education with a mean household size of seven people respectively. Majorities (78.7% and 76.8%) of the farmers were cultivating less than two hectares and had access to extension services with a minimum and maximum mean income of N179,122 and N672,000 before joining the PROSELL activities and minimum and maximum mean income of N427,122 and N1,200,000 after joining the PROSELL project. The result of t-test analysis reveals that, there was a significant difference in the mean savings of farmers before and after joining the PROSELL activities. In conclusion these activities educates the farmers on farming practices through the Famers Training Business School (FTBS), improved savings through Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA), access to fertilizer through, agricultural information from radio program and cash transfers. The study therefore, recommended that projects interventions that will better the livelihood should be given support by government. Also there is need for adoption of Farmers Training Business School model to better the incomes and savings of the rural populace.

KEYWORDS:

Prosell, Livelihood, Income, Savings, Maize, Farmers.