Analysis Of Effect Of Integrated Farmers’ Scheme Project On Beneficiaries Income In Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Onumadu, F. N., Inyang, N.U.
Keywords: Effect, IFSP, Beneficiaries, Income
ABSTRACT: This study was designed to analyse the effect of Integrated Farmers Scheme project on the beneficiaries’ income in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Multi-stage Random Sampling Technique was used in selecting 184 respondents that provided the data used for the study. The primary data were collected with the aid of a structured questionnaire administered through personal interview and observation to elicit the required information from the respondents. The findings of the study indicated that the mean ages of the beneficiaries and the non-beneficiaries stood at 36.59 and 36.64 respectively and they were mostly singles indicating that they were in their active and productive ages. It also showed that the respondents were small scale farmers with few years of farming experience but majority of them had one form of education or the other and a reasonable percentage (83.7%) of the beneficiaries belonged to cooperative associations. z-test analysis revealed that the income of the beneficiaries increased appreciably more than that of the non-beneficiaries by N194,727.17 and was significant at one percent level of probability with z-test value (7.852) indicating increased income for the beneficiaries. It was recommended that the IFS and government should review upwards the empowerment packages to be able to attract more unemployed youths into the scheme.
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