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Determinants of Income Inequality Among Cooperative Farmers in Anambra State


Anigbogu, Theresa Ukamaka | Uzondu, Chikodiri Scholastica

https://doi.org/10.31142/ijtsrd23149



Anigbogu, Theresa Ukamaka | Uzondu, Chikodiri Scholastica "Determinants of Income Inequality Among Cooperative Farmers in Anambra State" Published in International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development (ijtsrd), ISSN: 2456-6470, Volume-3 | Issue-3, April 2019, pp.767-773, URL: https://www.ijtsrd.com/papers/ijtsrd23149.pdf

This study examines determinants of income inequality among cooperative farmers in Anambra State. The study, modeled variables like farmers efficiency, technology, market proximity, credit obtained, farm size, soil fertility, crop type, input supply and agric extension services using descriptive and inferential statistics. The population of this study was made up of 298 members of selected cooperative societies in Anambra State and a sample of 171 was determined for the study using Taro Yamane formula. A structured questionnaire was administered to 171 respondents but only 115 responded to the questionnaire. The data collected using the questionnaires were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings revealed that: apart from market proximity which was not significant, all other factors - farmers’ efficiency, technology, credit obtained, farm size, soil fertility, crop type, input supply and agric extension services - contributed significantly to the farmers’ income. This study therefore recommends that: The government should carry out a public enlightenment campaign on the potentials of agricultural cooperatives as sustainable approach for reducing income inequality through synergy and emphasis should be placed more on cooperative education as requirement for growth and development since most of the people in the target areas has low educational background. The agricultural cooperative subsector should be adequately financed to help improve the farmers’ income and also reduce income inequality. Agricultural technology transfer through extension services should be encouraged to help create awareness and increase adoption of better ways farming so as to increase the farmers’ income and reduce income inequality among others.

Income Inequality, Cooperative Farmers, Farmers Efficiency, Technology, Credit Obtained, Agric Extension Services


IJTSRD23149
Volume-3 | Issue-3, April 2019
767-773
IJTSRD | www.ijtsrd.com | E-ISSN 2456-6470
Copyright © 2019 by author(s) and International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development Journal. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)

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