RESOURCE PRODUCTIVITY IN FOOD CROP PRODUCTION IN SOME SELECTED VILLAGES IN OYI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, KWARA STATE, NIGERIA.
Keywords:Resource productivity, Food crop production, Efficiency and Kwara State
This study was designed to evaluate the efficiency with which the peasant farmers use their resources in crop production activities. This was done by computing Marginal Value Productivities and production elasticities of selected inputs from the best fitting production function. The study shows that labour and seeds were both inefficiently used: The labour input was over-used while seeds were under-used. Agrochemicals, however. were relatively efficiently used. Land was found to be the most significant factor of production determining the value of output. It is therefore economical for farmers to reduce the amount of labour input and use-more improved planting seeds on their farms. But the efficiency of some of these resources, could not be improved due to the crudity of farm tools. lack of improved planting seeds, insufficient supply of chemicals like herbicides, insecticides and seed dressing.