PARTICIPATION OP WOMEN IN CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES IN KAURU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF KADUNA STATE

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Abstract:

Despite the programmes, policies and projects instituted by the government to increase food production, the peasants can hardly have access to or afford modern improved farming practices to increase their production. Thus, a major concern is how to make resources available to these small holders for availing themselves of these modern techniques. The central role of rural development planning in Nigeria is to fashion entirely new structures for mobilising these peasant producers improved living condition. One of these structures is the re-organisation of the rural producers into viable co-operatives which are considered the most effective instruments for mobilising the peasant farmers for rural development and for ensuring that they benefit substantially from development process. This study examines the extent of women participation in co-operative societies and the nature of benefits accruing from their participation. It also identified some of the socio-economic and institutional factors determining their level of participation and thereby assessing the potential of using cooperatives as an instrument for development. A sample of 160 women was randomly drawn and to cover the area, four villages and four co-operatives were selected purposively. The results showed that members of co-operative societies had some amount of knowledge about co-operatives and their involvement was considerably high. Their involvement included, decision-making, monthly financial contribution, attendance of meeting, membership registration, voting and co-operate work. Results of regression analysis showed that age and credit were significant to participation. The Pearson’s correletion matrix analyses also indicated that major benefit and yearly income were significantly correlated with participation at 0.05 level. This study showed that ignorance, poverty and family ties were some of the constraints non-members had that prevented them from joning any cooperative societies. For members of co-operatives, scarcity of fertilizer, credit facilities, poor perception and lack of extension contact had been their problems. showed that members of co-operative societies had some amount of knowledge about co-operatives and their involvement was considerably high. Their involvement included, decision-making, monthly financial contribution, attendance of meeting, membership registration, voting and co-operate work. Results of regression analysis showed that age and credit were significant to participation. The Pearson’s correletion matrix analyses also indicated that major benefit and yearly income were significantly correlated with participation at 0.05 level. This study showed that ignorance, poverty and family ties were some of the constraints non-members had that prevented them from joning any cooperative societies. For members of co-operatives, scarcity of fertilizer, credit facilities, poor perception and lack of extension contact had been their problems. This study thefore, calls government’s increased support of cooperatives through increase education, extension contacts, provision of farm inputs and credit facilities.

PARTICIPATION OP WOMEN IN CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES IN KAURU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF KADUNA STATE

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