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Title: Factors Affecting Maize Production in Nyando Division, Nyando District, Kenya
Authors: Otieno, Onyanyo Henry
Keywords: Maize Production
Issue Date: May-2003
Publisher: Egerton University
Abstract: Maize is one of the most important cash and food crops in Kenya. However, in the recent past there has been a significant decline in its production. No study has been done to establish the reasons for its continuous decline in most parts of the country. This study sought to identify the factors that affect maize production in Nyando Division Nyando District. Random and stratified sampling techniques were used to get a sample of a hundred farmers from which primary data was acquired using questionnaire interview schedule. The study also used secondary data extracted from government agricultural reports. Descriptive statistics such as means, frequencies and standard deviation were used in the analysis. In addition, inferential statistics such as multiple regression and chi- square were also used in the data analysis. The study identified the major factors to maize production as inadequate income, extension service, labor and farm size. Other factors identified were unreliable rainfall amounts, low education level of farmers and lack of drafi animals. Thus, for increased maize production in the study area, ways of increasing farmers’ ofi"-farm income and extension services should he sought to enable the farmers’ use appropriate maize technologies. There is also need to stop further subdivision of land among family members. Land consolidation should equally be done in the whole division so as bring together good pieces of land that can be used for maize production. It is hoped that the findings of this study will be usefiil to policy makers on agricultural production not only in Nyando Division but also in the rest of the country where similar conditions exist.
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