THE ROLE OF FARMERS MULTI-PURPOSE COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES IN ACCELERATING FOOD PRODUCTION: A CASE STUDY OF ORLU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

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ABSTRACT

 The subject matter of this research is the role of farmer’s multi-purpose cooperative society in accelerating food production. A case study of Orlu Local Government Area.

The aim of the study is to determine the effective ways the role of farmers multi-purpose cooperative society can accelerate food production in different ways i.e. through marketing of food production, processing, supply of farm inputs and credit facilities.

The researcher also research on the opportunities made available of these food productions and the means of getting them available for the members.

The concept that leads to these Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative Society, which was, researched through different research method/designs such as experimental research, descriptive research and etc. and also different data collection method such as personnel interview, questionnaires and etc, which was use to investigate on people’s view whether cooperative society has been able to play its role well in the economic development and social transformation.

Finally, the researcher suggests ways of improving the role of farmer’s Multi-purpose cooperative society in the accelerating of food production for the society, the state and the country and others relating to it.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title page-      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -i

Approval page-       –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -ii

Dedication-     –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -iii

Acknowledgment-   –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -iv

Abstract- –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -v

Table of contents-  –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -vii

Chapter one

Introduction-  –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -1

Background of the study-      –      –      –      –      –      -1

Statement of the problem-    –      –      –      –      -3

Objectives of the study- –      –      –      –      –      -6

Research questions-       –      –      –      –      –      –      -7

Significance of the study-      –      –      –      –      –      -7

Scope of the study-       –      –      –      –      –      –      -8

Limitation of the study-  –      –      –      –      –      -9

Definition of terms- –      –      –      –      –      –      -10

Chapter two

Literature review –  –      –      –      –      –      –      -12

Introduction/The concept of Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative Societies-    -13

The concept of accelerated food production- –      -15

The role of Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative Society in accelerating food production-    –      –      –      -18

The problems of Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative Society-     –      –    -19

References-    –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -22

Chapter three

Research design and methodology-      –      –      –      -23

Introduction-  –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -23

Research design-    –      –      –      –      –      –      -23

Sources/method of data collection-      –      –      –      -25

Population and sample size-   –      –      –      –      -27

Sample techniques- –      –      –      –      –      –      -29

Validity and reliability of measuring instrument-   -30

Method of data analysis32

Chapter four

Presentation and Analysis of data- –      –      –      -35

Introduction-  –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -35

Presentation of data-     –      –      –      –      –      -35

Interpretation of result(s)-    –      –      –      –      -41

Chapter five

Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations-     -43

Introduction-  –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -43

Summary of findings-    –      –      –      –      –      -43

Conclusion-     –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -45

Recommendations- –      –      –      –      –      –      -46

References-    –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -49

Appendix-       –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -54

CHAPTER ONE

  1.  INTRODUCTION

1.1  BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY

The term cooperative can be used in its generic term to cover a wide area of activities which two or more people join together either formally on adhoc or permanent basis, for legal or illegal or socially accepted or unaccepted actions to fulfill certain aims. Such action may be selfish in nature or may be in the interest of those performing the action without it being detrimental to any one else.

However, cooperation is often used in the positive sense. It is also used in a much narrower sense to mean activities undertaken by cooperative organizations. The study of cooperation in this later sense therefore means the scientific or academic study of cooperative organizations.

Cooperative has been defined for different purpose and in slightly different ways by economists, lawyers, philosophers and others. Precisely, cooperative is an association of persons, usually of limited means, who have voluntarily joined together their resources to achieve a common economic end and through the formation of a democratically controlled business enterprise, making equitable contribution to the capital required and accepting a fair share of the risks and benefits of the undertaking. Cooperative started in Great Britain in 1760. And different cooperative societies exist since then. There are types of cooperative, thrift and credit cooperative, thrift and loan, agricultural cooperative and etc.

Agricultural cooperative can be defined as cooperative societies that engage in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of agricultural products. Types of agricultural cooperative are group-farming society. Member of the society engage in the production of a variety of crops while they also arrange for the marketing of such crops. Some other agricultural cooperative is marketing cooperative. These societies are involved in the marketing of member’s products. This is done at low cost and efficiently for members benefits.

THE ROLE OF FARMERS MULTI-PURPOSE COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES IN ACCELERATING FOOD PRODUCTION: A CASE STUDY OF ORLU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA