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Impact of rural infrastructure on rice productivity in Kano State, Nigeria

Tanko, Yusuf (2021) Impact of rural infrastructure on rice productivity in Kano State, Nigeria. Doctoral thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Rice is an essential food crop that has transitioned from a luxury to a staple food for the majority of Nigerians. Although rice consumption has increased due to an increase in income, taste, convenience, versatility, low cost, and ease of preparation, local rice production has remained unchanged. Rice scarcity in Nigeria is caused by low productivity as a result of poor road networks, low credit availability, underutilised irrigation facilities, insufficient communication networks and institutional infrastructure. Therefore, the primary goal of this research is to identify the factors that could improve the efficiency of rice farmers in Kano. In particular, the study sought to identify the respondents' socio-demographics, important infrastructure, productivity level, and the factors determining the differences in productivity levels among rice clusters. Data was collected using multistage, purposive, disproportionate, and random sampling techniques in nine of the 17 rice clusters. 740 respondents were selected and their responses analysed using the Cobb-Douglas Stochastic Frontier Model. According to the findings, the most important factor is institutional infrastructure, which has a positively relationship in six clusters and negatively related in two. Meanwhile, production input in the form of improved rice variety is positively related for all the clusters. The road networks infrastructure is negatively related since it reduces rice yield in six clusters. The cluster with the highest level of productivity is Garin Ali and the lowest is Doka Sati. The findings also indicate that the factors determining the difference in productivity level among the rice farmers are education, household size, age, and access to fertilizer. Thus, in Kano, Nigeria, there is a need for improved road networks, quality education, and access to institutional infrastructure, so that household members can efficiently maximise the adoption and use of improved rice variety and fertiliser to increase rice yield.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Supervisor : Cheah, Yong Kang and Islam, Md Rabiul
Item ID: 10440
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical Infrastructure, Institutional Infrastructure, Rice Productivity, Rice Clusters
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: School of Economics, Finance & Banking
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2023 01:35
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2023 01:35
Department: School of Economics, Finance & Banking
Name: Cheah, Yong Kang and Islam, Md Rabiul
URI: https://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/10440

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