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ISSN: 2637-4676

Current Investigations in Agriculture and Current Research

Research Article(ISSN: 2637-4676)

Irrigation and Productivity: Empirical Insight of Farming Households in Tchien District Volume 9 - Issue 2

OA Oyebamiji1*, ZS Kisava2 and JN Harris3

  • 1College of Natural and Applied Science, Department of Agricultural Economics, Ege University, Turkey
  • 2Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey
  • 3Department of Biosystem Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Uludağ, Turkey

Received: February 16, 2021;   Published: February 26, 2021

Corresponding author: OA Oyebamiji, College of Natural and Applied Science, Department of Agricultural Economics, Ege University, Turkey

DOI: 10.32474/CIACR.2021.09.000309

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The study analyses the efficacy of rainfed and irrigated smallholder farms in Tchien district of Liberia. A total of 120 respondents were randomly selected from 5 rural communities around the major rice-producing areas of Tchien District: Gaye town, New Zleh, Old Zleh, Turglor, and Ziah. A total of 58 irrigation farmers and 58 rainfed farmers, comprising of 61 male and 57 female rice farmers were interviewed. Respondents were randomly drawned from a pool of existing Fadama data in Liberia. The study is empirical, taken under different variables to decide the appropriate agricultural system, and the variables to be employed in determining a successful production system. The study applies both the stochastic frontier analysis (SFA) to determine the efficient utilization of production inputs, and the logit model was used to measure the adoption of an irrigation system. Findings suggest that there is a serious disparity in efficiency between rainfed and irrigated farms, implying that irrigated farms are twice as efficient as rainfed farmers; most of the farmers are likely to adopt irrigation systems. Concerned institutions should work to improve access to capital, encourage irrigation farming, and work to effectively integrate experience farmers with young farmers.

Keywords: Production systems; food security; technical efficiency; adoption

Abstract| Introduction| Description of prominent irrigation systems in Liberia| Materials and Method| Method of data analysis| Result and Findings| Conclusion and Policy implication| References|


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