acta satech Journal of the Life & Physical Sciences Babcock

Determinants of Soybean production in Southwestern Nigeria
Osho S.M.* S. O. Akinleye ** & K. A. Akannic***
* Department of Home and Hotel Management, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye ** Department of Economics, University of Lagos, Akoka *** Department of Agricultural Economics, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye

This study investigated the socioeconomic determinants of farm size allocated to soybean production in the new agroecological zone of Southwestern Nigeria. Data were collected by rapid rural appraisal (RRA) techniques. The data obtained were analysed using a multiple regression model. The results showed that only 35 per cent of the variance on the plot size was found to have been explained by the retained independent variables. The significant variables included the sex of the household head, the number of years since the farmer had been introduced to the soybean crop and the time the crop is harvested. The study concluded that the high rate of adoption of the crop is due largely to the media blitz that accompanied its introduction and the unprecedented support given the crop by external agencies
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