AN EMPIRICAL AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF CASSAVA PRODUCTIVITY IN SELECTED AREAS OF SOUTHERN SIERRA LEONE
Saffa Mohamed Massaquoi, Zhu Mande, Adolphus Johnson
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This study examined the productivity and economic analyses of the cassava production in three communities—Nyallay, Sammamie, and Sindeh sections in Bo districts, Southern Sierra Leone. The crop is processed into garri, fufu, akara, and other foods. Cassava can also be used to make flour, pellets, and chips for animal consumption, as well as biofuel and particle boards The data was gathered using a questionnaire and interview schedule that were both well organized. Descriptive statistics, financial techniques, and a multiple regression model were all employed in the data analysis. The main data came from a sample of 300 cassava growers from three regions. The collected data were evaluated using econometric regression analysis. The findings indicated that, the net farm income was Le 214,361 and the net return on investment was almost Le 258, 375. The findings of a regression analysis showed that the number of cassava cuttings, hired labor, farm size, farming experience, and age statistically substantially influenced the output of cassava in the research region. It is indicated that the availability of improved cassava cuttings in the area and farmers’ access to subsidized inputs like fertilizer. In the study it was suggested that farmers be prodded to invest in the cultivation of cassava because of its economic worth and profitability. Cassava growers should be encouraged to obtain instruction on correct agronomic practices and input usage, and inputs should be made available and at reasonable costs, especially improved types of cassava cuttings, this will increase productivity.