Publisher: Bachudo Science Co. Ltd

Labour Use In Small-Scale Yam Production In Qua An Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria

I. M. Polycarp, K. N. Futuless
KEYWORDS: Labour use, Double log (Cobb-Douglas) fuctional form, Marginal analysis, Qua'an Pan Local Government Area, Plateau State


The study analyses labour use in small-scale yam production in Qua'an Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria. In the process, data were coUected from 92 randomly selected yam farmers on sources, categories, intensity and utilization of labour. Analyses were conducted using descriptive statistics and marginal analyses. Results indicate the family as the mostprevalent source of labour with men featuring in all farm operations unlike women and children. Furthermore, harvesting was the most labour intensive operation, followed by weeding and planting. Labour was found to be utilized below economicoptimum level (under-utilization) by the farmers. Recommendations given include the need for timely provision of drudgery minimizing inputs like herbicides, while policy and research efforts should make an articulate orgonization of rural labour markets and migrant labour to ensure avanability throughout the production season.

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