International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF OLAM OUT-GROWER PROGRAMME ON RICE FARMING IN KAAMBE DISTRICT OF GUMA LOCAL GOVERNMENT, BENUE STATE, NIGERIA
Terwase Shabu, Prof. T. T. Gyuse, Jonathan I. Abawua

Abstract
The research assesses the economic impact of Olam Out-Grower programme on rice farming to help improve rice production in Benue State. A sample size of 184 rice farmers comprising of 116 participating rice farmers of the programme and 68 non-participating rice farmers were randomly . Using a ‘before’ and ‘during’ project approach the study has determined the change in farm yield and income of rice farmers. The results reveal that there is 30.58% increase in farm yield per hectare and the average income of rice farmers has improved by 60.95% in the area. The research concludes that, Olam Out-Grower programme has impacted positively on the productivity of participating rice farmers, but the farmers do not benefit much from the economic value of their farm output. Therefore, the study recommends that Olam out-grower programme should shift its extensive rice farming approach to intensive rice farming approach in order to improve on value addition of rice farming in the area.

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