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PERFORMANCE OF AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES IN MUBI ZONE OF ADAMAWA STATE, NIGERIA
This study examined the performance of agricultural co-operative societies (ACS) in Mubi zone of Adamawa State of Nigeria. The objectives of the study were to: Identify and describe the socio-economic characteristics of agricultural cooperative societies, determine the impact of ACS credit on the participating former’s income, and nonACS income; and identify the major constraints of ACS in the study area. Data for this study was derived from a survey of 100 farmer in Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas of Adamawa State, Nigeria. The result shows that an average of 2.6 and 2.4 hectares were cultivated by farmers; and a net farm income of N12,720 and N11,505 were earned by co-operative and non-cooperative farmers. Impact of credit was not significant to cooperatives, even though it was significant to non-co-operative farmers. Regression result identified farm size and family labour as common factors influencing productivity of all the farmers. The study recommended a mobilization officer for grassroots level farmers, an effective extension services are required by farmers on loan delivery and repayment abilities.
KEY WORDS: Agricultural, Cooperative, Non-cooperatives, Societies