THE IMPACT OF RICE FARMING POLICY ON NIGERIAN ECONOMY: A STUDY OF SOME SELECTED LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN KANO STATE
Keywords:Rice Farming, Rice Farming Policy, Nigerian Economy
This study investigates the impact of rice farming policy on Nigerian economy with a focus on Kura and Bunkure Local Government Areas of Kano State. The methods adopted for obtaining data for the study were both primary and secondary. The objective of the research is to assess the impact of rice farming policy on the provision of employment, to examine the impact on how the policy helps boost the income of the farmers and to investigate how rice farming improved food productions in the areas of the study. It was found amongst others that; the Nigerian government has over the years formulated good rice farming policies meant to encourage and improve food production, provision of employment, as income to Nigerians youth and other economic benefits to enhance economic development but such policies have been found to be inefficient and ineffective. Some evidence was established from the research findings to illustrate that the creation of rice farming policies frequently does not include a critical review of the social, economic, physical/environmental, and political influence on the target intended beneficiaries.On the other hand, rice farming policy execution is affected by implementation issues, one of which is implementation leakage. Equally, findings shows that poor funding affects the policies implementation at Kura and Bunkure. It recommends that; deliberate attempts must be made by government in terms of rice farming policy to improve its agricultural base particularly on food production, provision of employment and income enhancement
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