ANALYSIS OF INCOME INEQUALITY AMONG DRY AND WET SEASON FARO-44 RICE FARMERS BENEFICIARIES OF FADAMA III ADDITIONAL FINANCE II PROJECT IN TARABA STATE, NIGERIA

Authors

  • Banseka, R. F.
  • Murtala, N.
  • Sani R. M.

Keywords:

Income inequality, Rice farmers and Fadama

Abstract

The study was carried out to examine income inequality among dry and wet season faro-44 rice farmer beneficiaries of fadama III additional finance II project in Taraba State, Nigeria. A Multi-stage sampling procedure was used to select 500 respondents. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics (mean, frequency distribution and percentages) and inferential statistics (Gini coefficient). The findings of the study revealed a gini coefficient of 0.71 for dry season farmers indicating 71% inequality in the size of income distribution among dry season faro-44 dry season farmers. The Lorenz curve shows the degree of departure of the curve from the diagonal line shows the extent of the deviation of distribution from equality. There is hence inequality in income distribution among the farmers. The result also shows that most (86%) of the respondents had income range of ₦50,001- ₦100,000 with cumulative income of ₦95,531.56 per farmer representing a gini coefficient of 0.65 for farmers. This indicated a 65% inequality in the size of income distribution among wet season faro-44 farmers. The degree of departure of the curve from the diagonal line shows the extent of the deviation of distribution from equality. From the analysis of both dry and wet season, the study concluded that there is very high-income inequality among faro-44 rice farmers in the study area due to difference in off-farmer income, labour availability, farm size and production technologies adopted by farmers. The study recommended that faro-44 rice farmers in the study area should be encouraged to diversify their income sources beyond farming activities, credit facilities and savings mechanisms should be promoted among farmers. Training and support should be provided to farmers on improved agricultural techniques that can increase productivity and reduce the impact of seasonal variations. And there should be better market linkages for Faro-44 rice farmers to ensure they receive fair prices for their produce.

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Published

2024-04-16

How to Cite

Banseka, R. F., Murtala, N., & Sani R. M. (2024). ANALYSIS OF INCOME INEQUALITY AMONG DRY AND WET SEASON FARO-44 RICE FARMERS BENEFICIARIES OF FADAMA III ADDITIONAL FINANCE II PROJECT IN TARABA STATE, NIGERIA. Nigerian Journal of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, 4(1), 100–105. Retrieved from https://njaat.atbu.edu.ng/index.php/njaat/article/view/632

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