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Title:Socio-economic impact of South Chad Irrigation Project on participating farmers in Borno State
Author:Ogunbameru, B.O.
Periodical:Annals of Borno
Geographic term:Northern Nigeria
agricultural projects
Abstract:The South Chad Irrigation Project (SCIP) is one of the largest irrigation projects in Nigeria. The present study was conducted to examine the impact of SCIP on its participants. Mailed questionnaires were administered to random samples of participants, and data from the returned questionnaires, and from the Annual Progress Reports on SCIP, were analysed. The study revealed that the farm holding and yields of the participants have increased since their participation in SCIP. The farmers adopted modern farming techniques (the use of improved seed/seedling, fertilizer, irrigation, tractor and combines). Their farm inputs and operations were highly subsidized. The farmers also had higher income accumulation and enjoyed improved living standards. The SCIP has 'opened up' the project areas through the construction of feeder roads, supply of regular electricity and pipe-borne water. Other social infrastructures provided within easy reach of the participants are schools and health centres. Finance and inadequate irrigation water were two major problems facing the participants. Bibliogr.