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The Economics of Groundnut Production and Marketing: A Case Study of the Farmers of Nyala Province, South Darfur State

The Economics of Groundnut Production and Marketing: A Case Study of the Farmers of Nyala Province, South Darfur State

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Title: The Economics of Groundnut Production and Marketing: A Case Study of the Farmers of Nyala Province, South Darfur State
Author: Abdalla, Adam Adoma
Abstract: The study was conducted at Nyala Province of South Darfur State and included the village councils of Abga Ragil, Tabaldiat, Abu Salalah and Tugah. The soil type is characterised by sandy soils and the main crops cultivated are millet, sorghum and groundnut. The main objective of the study was to investigate in the factors affecting the production of groundnut under rain-fed conditions, factors determining the marketable surplus of groundnut and to find out ways and means for improvement. Primary data was collected from a filed survey covering 91 producers who were randomly selected and interviewed about all aspects of their cultivated groundnuts and its marketing. The secondary data were collected from relevant departments, groundnut merchants and groundnut market auctions. A number of analytical techniques were used for analysing the collected data. The coefficient of private profitability (CPP) was used to determine the profitability of groundnut at production and processing levels and break even yield that just covers the cost. Tabular and descriptive analysis for analysing the data and regression analysis with two models to determine the factors affecting the production and the marketable surplus, were also applied. The results from the study showed that groundnut is profitable under rain-fed conditions of South Darfur. The regression analysis revealed that the area and labor are the major variables affecting the production of groundnut. The crucial constraints of the groundnut production are the scarcity of credit and its high cost and in sufficiency of animal drawn implements during the plowing period. The study recommended that future efforts should be put on increasing the number of animal drawn implements; for each producer, i.e. a plow and a horse for each producer strengthening the extension department to play its role, and improving the markets. Future research must include the other areas of the region, especially the eastern and southern provinces
Description: 2003
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/10363
Date: 2015-05-06


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