Socio-economic determinants of post harvest loss (PHL) among cowpea farmers in Kurfi local government area of Katsina state

Abdullahi A. Khidir, Samaila Garba, Daniel Ekpa


The study investigated socioeconomic determinants of post-harvest loss (PHL) among cowpea farmers in Kurfi LGA of Katsina State. Using an expo facto research design; a multi-stage sampling procedure was used to select 132 respondents (generated using the ROASOFT calculator). Data were collected using a structured questionnaire and summarized using frequency counts and percentages. The Probit regression model was used for inferential deductions. The results show that the majority (76%) of the respondents’ experience PHL at the winnowing stage while 28% during the transit stage. Wind was found to be the main (57.6%) cause of PHL at the winnowing stage; crude means of transportation (42.4%) at the transit stage; rainfall at the assembling stage; and poor packaging materials (57.6%) at the packaging stage. Probit regression results showed that household size (negatively) and practice of subsistence (positively) farming influence PHL at the winnowing stage; household size and extension visit at the packaging stage with negative influence; while the practice of subsistence/commercial farming and access to financial support all have negative influence on PHL as extension visit positively influence it. Agricultural extension agencies and other relevant stakeholders should facilitate avenues such as access to adequate support and commercialization of farming activities to discourage PHL among cowpea farmers in the study area.


Assembling; Cowpea farmers; Determinant; Packaging; Post-harvest loss; Socio-economic; Transportation; Winnowing


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