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ISSN: 2637-4676

Current Investigations in Agriculture and Current Research

Research Article(ISSN: 2637-4676)

Viability of Ifad/Vcd Rice Project among Smallholder Farmers in Niger State of Nigeria

Volume 7 - Issue 1

Sadiq MS1sup>*, Singh IP2, Ahmad MM3, Yunusa JB4 and Egba SM5

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    • 1Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, FUD, Dutse, Nigeria
    • 2Department of Agricultural Economics, SKRAU, Bikaner, India
    • 3Department of Agricultural Economics, BUK, Kano, Nigeria
    • 4National Cereal Research Institute, Badeggi, Nigeria
    • 5Postgraduate Student, Department of Agricultural Economics, FUT, Minna, Nigeria

    *Corresponding author: Sadiq, Mohammed Sanusi, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, FUD, P.M.B. 7156, Dutse, Nigeria

Received: June 17, 2019;   Published: June 28, 2019

DOI: 10.32474/CIACR.2019.07.000254

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Failure to sustain most of the rural poor and food security programmes in Nigeria after their life span is due to poor productivity of the capital investment of a project to generate a remunerative income to sustain a typical agrarian farming household in Nigeria. Thus, to critically investigate this hypothetically proposition, this research aimed evaluating the viability of the IFAD rice project among the beneficiaries in Niger State of Nigeria. Undated data of 2018 rainfed cropping season was elicited from 111 farmers through multi-stage sampling technique and the information were collected via structured questionnaire complemented with interview schedule. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data collected. The empirical results showed that the rice project in the study area is likely not to be sustained after the stipulated time frame for the programme as inspite of the programme aim of doubling farmers’ income viz. value chain, the capital investment is not productive to sustain an average farming household composed of 8 persons having an operational holding of less than two hectares. Therefore, the study recommend provision of consumption credit in addition to the production credit advanced to the farmers in order to make the capital investment viable so that its turnover after each production season will be consistently re-invested into the rice project and possibility of a farmer taken-up additional activities along the chain, thus keeping the business going concern viable and sustainable.

Keywords: Viability; Rice; IFAD Project; Niger State; Nigeria

Abstract| Introduction| Research Methodology| Empirical model| Results and Discussion| Motivational Factors Influencing Participation in the Study Area| Conclusion and Recommendation| References|