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Socio-Economic Aspects of the Intensive Growing of Cowpeas (Vigna Unguiculata (L.) Walp.) in Kano, Northern Nigeria.

Socio-Economic Aspects of the Intensive Growing of Cowpeas (Vigna Unguiculata (L.) Walp.) in... The costs and benefits of single crop cowpea and cowpea grown in a traditional mixed cropping system are calculated for the Kano area, in northern Nigeria. If all the technical requirements are met, single crop cowpea is more profitable, on a financial return per unit land basis, than the traditional crop mixture. A one year effort to try and familiarize traditional farmers with a new variety and new production methods is clearly not enough and may even demotivate a number of farmers when the yields, and financial returns, are low. To ensure that the improved technologies are adopted, it will be necessary to provide a credit programme enabling farmers to purchase the improved inputs, and a marketing structure that guarantees fixed and stable market prices throughout the year. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Afrika Focus Brill

Socio-Economic Aspects of the Intensive Growing of Cowpeas (Vigna Unguiculata (L.) Walp.) in Kano, Northern Nigeria.

Afrika Focus , Volume 2 (2): 26 – Jan 12, 1986

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0772-084X
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2031-356X
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10.1163/2031356X-00202005
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Abstract

The costs and benefits of single crop cowpea and cowpea grown in a traditional mixed cropping system are calculated for the Kano area, in northern Nigeria. If all the technical requirements are met, single crop cowpea is more profitable, on a financial return per unit land basis, than the traditional crop mixture. A one year effort to try and familiarize traditional farmers with a new variety and new production methods is clearly not enough and may even demotivate a number of farmers when the yields, and financial returns, are low. To ensure that the improved technologies are adopted, it will be necessary to provide a credit programme enabling farmers to purchase the improved inputs, and a marketing structure that guarantees fixed and stable market prices throughout the year.

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Afrika FocusBrill

Published: Jan 12, 1986

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