Factors Influencing Farmers’ Choice of Crops in the Floodplain Farms in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Ndubueze-Ogaraku, Mercy Ebere1*, Ekine, Irene Data2

1Department of Agricultural Economics & Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt. East-west Road, Choba, Port Harcourt. Rivers State, Nigeria.

2Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics /Extension. Faculty of Agriculture, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

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The study was carried out to evaluate factors influencing farmer’s choice of crops in floodplain farms in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Specifically, farmers’ socioeconomic factors were determined. Simple random sampling technique was adopted in selection of 340 respondents. Descriptive statistics and logistic probability model were the analytical techniques used. Result showed that mean age of farmers was 40 years and they were mainly women. Farmers’ age, gender, years of formal education and farming experience were significant determinants of choice of crops grown among farmers in the area. Null hypothesis Ho1 of no significant influence of socio-economic variables on farmers’ choice of crops grown in the floodplain in Akwa Ibom State was rejected.The study recommends that training programmes should be organized for farmers to help them make right choice of crops grown in the floodplain farms

Keywords: Factors, farmers’ choice, crops, floodplain, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.