Socio-economic aspects of the intensive growing of the Cowpeas ( Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) in Kano, northern Nigeria

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Patrick Van Damme, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences Ghent University

 

Faculty of Agricultural Sciences

Wim Sampers, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences Ghent University

Faculty of Agricultural Sciences

Frans Pauwels, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences Ghent University

Faculty of Agricultural Sciences

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Patrick Van Damme (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences Ghent University)

Wim Sampers (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences Ghent University)

Frans Pauwels (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences Ghent University)

Published Jul 28, 1986

Abstract




The costs and benefits of single crop cowpea and cowpea grown in, a traditional mixed cropping system are calculated for the Kano area, in northern Nigeria. If all the technical requirements are met, single crop cowpea is more profitable, on a financial return per unit land basis, than the traditional crop mixture. A one year effort to try and familiarize traditional farmers with a new variety and new production methods is clearly not enough and may even demotivate a number of farmers when the yields, and financial returns, are low. To ensure that the improved technologies are adopted, it will be necessary to provide a credit programme enabling farmers to purchase the improved inputs, and a marketing structure that guarantees fixed and stable market prices throughout the year.


KEYWORDS: Vigna unguiculata, cowpea, northern Nigeria, financial analysis, marketing 





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