IJBSAT 2017 Volume 8 Issue 5

International Journal of BioSciences, Agriculture and Technology (IJBSAT) ISSN: 0975 - 4539

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Gender Roles and Profitabilities among SweetPotato Farmers in Anambra State, Nigeria. Udemezue Joseph Chidozie. IJBSAT (2017), 8(5):36-41

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Gender Roles and Profitabilities among SweetPotato Farmers in Anambra State, Nigeria

Authors & Affiliation:

Udemezue Joseph Chidozie

National Roots Crops Research Institute, Umudike, PMB7006 Umudike Abia State, NIGERIA



The study examined the gender roles and profitabilities among sweetpotato farmers in Anambra state, Nigeria. Multistage sampling techniques were used for this study. Two local governments out of the 21 local governments in the state were selected. Four communities each from a local government were selected. 15 farmers were selected from each community using simple random techniques and this gave a total sample size of 120 farmers. Data were collected through a structured interview schedule. Data collected for this research were analyzed using frequency, percentage, gross margin analysis, mean score and standard deviation. Results show that 50% of the farmers were married while 25% of farmers were single. The average mean age of the farmers was 35yrs and the average mean household size was 6. Majority(79.17%)of the farmers acquired land by inheritance while the average farm size cultivated for sweetpotato by the farmers was 0.3ha. males were more involved in sweetpotato farming activities such as land clearing, land preparation and ridge making while females were actively involved in sweetpotato farming like planting,weeding,harvesting and marketing.The average amount spent on sweetpotato Production and marketing was N3,000 while the average income from sweet-potato was N5,200 respectively. Bad rod network with a weighted mean score 2.75, pest/disease infestation with a weighted mean score 2.63, poor marketing structure with a weighted mean score2.44, lack of access to extension services with a weighted mean score 2.41, time of planting with a weighted mean score of 2.30 and cost of transport with a weighed mea score of 2.27 were perceived as the major constraints by the farmers.

Keywords: Gender, roles, sweetpotato