Labour use efficiency in food crop production by farmers in Ogun State, Nigeria.


S. A. Adewuyi

This study examined the pattern (sources and contract form) of labour use and the effects on production efficiency of food crop farms in Ogun State, Nigeria. The study was based on primary data collected from a cross - section of 170 food crop farmers that were selected using a multistage sampling technique. The data
were collected using structured questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive and regression (Multinomial logit, Tobit and Stochastic frontier) techniques. The study showed that majority (82.4%) of the food crop farmers were males, aged between 41 and 60 years (66.4%) and had at least primary school education (91.2%). The mean household size was five persons. The mean farm size was 1.8 ha with a mean farming experience of 25 years. The most widely used labour source for crop production in the area was household members. However, 64.1% of the farmers also recruited some hired labour.

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