Factors Influencing Level of Satisfaction with Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) among Farm Families in Kaduna State, Nigeria
Keywords:Keywords, GESS, inputs, satisfaction, subsidy.
AbstractInput supply remains important in agricultural development. The Growth Enhancement Support Scheme aims at providing an effective input subsidy programme for Nigerian farmers. This study assessed the level of satisfaction vis-Ã -vis the factors influencing satisfaction with the scheme among farm families in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Two hundred and ninety-six beneficiaries were selected randomly from four randomly selected wards. Descriptive statistics and multinomial logit regression model were used to analyze the data obtained.Â Results computed from a Likert Scale indicated that majority of the farmers were either satisfied (47.6%) or highly satisfied (14.3%) with the scheme; while 28.6% were dissatisfied and 4.1% were highly dissatisfied. The level of satisfaction with the scheme increased among families with higher farming experience (p < 0.05, coefficient = 0.05), education (p < 0.01; coefficient = 0.008) and membership of association (p<0.1; coefficient = 0.06); while it decreased with age (p<0.05; coefficient = -0.394) and extension visit (p<0.01; coefficient= -0.328). The study therefore recommended that the scheme be extended for another cycle of five years thereby consolidating on its achievements and alleviating the bottlenecks before handing over to the private sector.
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