Mechanization and Agricultural Productivity Functions in Umuahia North LGA, Abia, Nigeria
Science Journal of Business and Management
Volume 3, Issue 5-1, September 2015, Pages: 21-25
Received: Jul. 18, 2015; Accepted: Jul. 20, 2015; Published: Aug. 27, 2015
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Bello R. S., Department of Agricultural & Bio-Environmental Engineering Technology, Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
Onyeanula P., Department of Agricultural & Bio-Environmental Engineering Technology, Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
Saidu M.J., Department of Agriculture & Bio-Environmental Engineering, College of Agriculture, Jalingo, Nigeria
Bello M. B., Department of Agricultural Economics and Management, Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu, Nigeria
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Index of mechanization and other productivity functions were used as indicators in assessing the impact of mechanization on agricultural production in Umuahia North LGA of Abia state, Nigeria. Analysis of research findings revealed that farmers in the area are predominantly small scale farmers with the major power source being human being. The level of agricultural mechanization was determined by a relationship between the various sources of farm power and the level of human involvement in each operation while the mechanization index was determined for the two identified sources of farm power; human and mechanical. Low level of mechanical power input, underutilization of available mechanical power and reliability on human power in most of these areas contributed to low production efficiency, low level of mechanization (37.12%) and high MI average of 96.59%.
Mechanization Index, Utilization, Production, Mechanical, Power
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Bello R. S., Onyeanula P., Saidu M.J., Bello M. B., Mechanization and Agricultural Productivity Functions in Umuahia North LGA, Abia, Nigeria, Science Journal of Business and Management. Special Issue: Sustainable Entrepreneurial Developments in Agribusiness. Vol. 3, No. 5-1, 2015, pp. 21-25. doi: 10.11648/j.sjbm.s.2015030501.15
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