Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 9, Issue 1,2011
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Profitability of different sawah rice production models within lowlands in Nigeria


Ayorinde Kolawole 1, O. Idowu Oladele 2*, Toshiyuki Wakatsuki 3

Recieved Date: 2010-10-12, Accepted Date: 2011-01-13


This paper examines the profitability of different sawah rice production models within lowlands in Nigeria. This is predicated on the fact that since the introduction of sawah production technologies by Japanese institutions in Nigeria, different typologies as found applicable within the farmers’ environment had been adopted. The study was carried out in Nigeria and covered 12 fields in Nigeria with 80 farmers randomly selected. A structured questionnaire with a reliability coefficient of 0.85 was used to elicit information on socio-economic characteristics, farm characteristics and costs incurred on variable and fixed inputs and output. Descriptive statistics was used to describe the data while gross margin analysis was used to determine the profitability of different sawah production models. The results show that majority of the farmers are about 42 years of age having quranic form of education, belonging to at least one farmers group and have been farming for about 12 years. The land tenure system is predominantly through inheritance, while those on hired the land have an average period of about 6 years as the tenancy period with a rent rate of ₦2000 per month. The gross margin analysis shows that spring based sawah typology is the most profitable either with farmers renting power tiller or those owning power tillers.


Sawah, profitability, gross margin, power tiller, rice, lowlands, Nigeria

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2011
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 268-274

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