International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.5 (3), pp. 80-85, March 2017
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IJAPR/
Article 17/ID/JPR005/06/ pages
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Original Research Article
Effect of Fulani herders’ intrusion on the economic livelihood of crop farmers in Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi State, Nigeria
*Olobatoke Roseline and Omowumi Amusain
College of Agriculture, Division of Agricultural Colleges, Ahmadu Bello University, P.M.B. 205, Kabba, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author Email:yemisirose205(at)yahoo.com
The study investigated the effect of Fulani cattle herders’ intrusion on the economic livelihood of crop farmers in Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi State. Both purposive and random sampling techniques were used to select the villages and 120 respondents from the Local Government Area. The primary data were generated through the administration of structured questionnaires and was analyzed with the use of descriptive statistics and Ordinary Least Square regression. Results showed that majority of the crop farmers are males (91.00%), married (89.90%) and in their productive age of between 41-60 years (46.84%). Majority (51.90%) of the farmers had more than 20 years of farming experience but are still predominantly small-scale farmers engaged in growing cash crops (51.90%) and arable crops (48.10%). All the crop farmers (100%) in the studied area agreed that there were intrusions of Fulani cattle herders into crop farms particularly during the dry season periods of the year. Majority (97.4%) of the Fulani cattle herders reported that there are no designated cattle grazing routes in the study area. Furthermore, the intrusion of cattle herders into crop farms have a significant effect on the crop farmer’s output/income. It is recommended that proper identification of cattle grazing routes, provision of adequate stock grazing reserves and water reservoirs along stock routes be put in place by the government in the area of study.
Key words: Farmers, pastoralists, intrusion, crops, economic livelihood