Factor Analysis in Smallscale Banana Production in the Rain Forest Zone of Delta State, Nigeria

Achoja Felix Odemero


Efficient combination of  factors of production by farmers will bring improvement in banana output. This study investigates factor analysis in smallscale banana production in the rain forest zone of Nigeria. Primary data collected from 130 banana farmers with  structured questionnaire,  were analysed using descrptive and inferential statistics. Multiple regression model was used to fit the production function.The test of hypothesis reveals a significant joint relationship between the selected variables and smallscale banana output in the area. The results of the study further show that linear regression function best describes factor combination in banana production in the rain forest zone of Nigeria. Labour, fertilizers, price and educational status of farmers significantly determined banana output. Other factors such as land, credit facilities and frequency of extension contact also influence banana output but not significantly. Factor analysis reveals that fertilizer  is the most significant factor of banana production.  More quantity of labour,fertilizer and more extension training should be combined with available land to bring about more output in smallscale banana production in the rain forest zone of Nigeria.   It was recommended amongst others that fertilizers should be made available to banana farmers coupled with credit facilities and periodic workshops on improved production methods.

Keywords:Smallscale,Banana,Factor analysis,Production function,Rain forest.

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