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EFFECT OF COOPERATIVE ON FARMERS OUTPUT IN AWKA SOUTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA
Abstract: – This paper was undertaken to examine the effect of cooperative on farmers’ output in Awka South Local Government Area, Anambra State, Nigeri. The study used a descriptive and inferential statistics to analyze data that were obtained from one hundred and twenty-six (126) respondents. Findings revealed that before joining cooperatives that farmers do have access to improved seedlings and fertilizer while they do not have adequate access to agric credit, emerging markets, and extension services. However, after joining there was an improvement in their access to agric credit, improved seedlings, fertilizer and emerging markets, but there was limited access to extension services. T-test result shows that there is a significant difference on the mean difference between services received by members before and after belonging to farmers cooperative. Regression results also show that farmers membership of cooperative has a significant and positive effect on the farmers output. Based on the findings of the study, the following recommendations were made: The Anambra State government should encourage research, development and extension of adequate extension services to cooperative farmers through the Ministry in charge of cooperative in the state. The extension education of the farmers will help them have knowledge of emerging markets. Non cooperative farmers should be encouraged to join cooperative to enable them have access to various agricultural services. The government should as well provide adequate funding for farmers co-operative societies to acquire all the needed human and material inputs to ensure efficiency in its performance. The management of farmers cooperative societies must ensure that the members of the societies are properly enlightened through cooperative education so as to embrace the positive contributions which the activities of the cooperative would avail them and also the government should exert a sound agricultural extension policy because it is indispensable to achieve success in transferring knowledge to farmers.
Key words: Farmers Output, Cooperative, Credit, Seedlings,
Fertilizer, market access, Extension services