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Assessment of the Effects of Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) on the Output of Dry Season Rice Farmers before and after Scheme Participation in Sokoto State, Nigeria

Journal: International Journal of Environment, Agriculture and Biotechnology (Vol.2, No. 5)

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Page : 2667-2674

Keywords : Assessment; Effects; GESS; Output; Dry season farmers; before and after; Participation.;

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The study assessed the effects of Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) on the output of dry season rice farmers before and after participation. A multistage sampling technique was used to select farmers for the study. Data for the study were collected from 250 farmers using structured questionnaire. The data obtained was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results of the showed that the age of the majority of the farmers fall between the ages of 30-39 years, married and had one form of education or the other. Based on the findings, the main source of information (46.8%) regarding the awareness of GESS programme was the district heads and majority (94.4%) of the farmers were registered with the scheme. About 40% of the farmers registered with the scheme because inputs provided by the scheme are supplied to only register farmers at a subsidized rate. The result of t-test analysis showed a significant difference (P<0.001) between farmers' output before and after GESS participation. The major challenges facing registered GESS farmers was that of untimely and inadequate supply of production inputs and manipulation of GESS register by agro dealers. It is therefore, recommended that effort should be geared towards ameliorating the aforementioned shortcomings.

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