Determinants Of Net Farm Incomes Among Women Cassava Farms In Ecological Zones Of Ogun State, Nigeria
This study examined the determinants of profit margins among female cassava farmers in the ecological zones of Ogun State. A multi-stage sampling technique was adopted for the selection of 200 female-farmers from the rainforest and derived savannah zones of the state using the list of farmers from Ogun State Agricultural Development Project. The farm budgetary technique and multiple regression analysis were used for data analysis. Common contributory factors to net farm income in rain forest and derived savannah zones were: total cost, education, labour and quantity of output. In the derived savannah zone (DSZ), we have farming experience played significant role, while quantities of planting materials and fertilizer use contributed to higher profits in the rainforest zone (RFZ). The implication is that female farmers from the RFZ are better educated than those from the DSZ and so, they were able to understand input combination better. It is suggested that policies that will improve extension services discharge to female farmers as well as draw educated women into farming, particularly for those from the DSZ; would go a long way in achieving better profit margin.