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IMPACT OF AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES ON FARMERS PRODUCTIVITY AND RURAL TRANSFORMATION IN ETCHE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF RIVERS STATE
The study examined the impact of agricultural cooperatives societies on farmer’s productivity and rural transformation in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State. The population of the study was twenty (20) agricultural cooperative societies’ members and thirty (30) non-members of agricultural cooperatives society given a total of (50) randomly selected from registered farmers in Etche Local Government Area. The instrument used for data collection was a questionnaire which elicited information based on the four objectives of the study. The questionnaire was titled ’Impact of Agricultural Cooperatives Societies on Farmers Productivity and Rural Transformation Questionnaire (IACSFPRTQ). The instrument was structured in a four point rating scale of strongly agree (SA-4), Agree (A-3), Disagree (D-2) and strongly disagree (SD-1). The instrument was validated by two experts. The reliability of the instrument was established using test–retest method which yielded reliability coefficient of 0.65. The research questions were analyzed using mean and standard deviation, while the hypotheses were tested by the use of z-test statistics. Findings of the study showed that agricultural cooperatives societies enhances farmers’ income and output; enhances the sales and marketing of agricultural product, facilitates rural transformation. The study recommended among others that government should encouraged farmers to associate with agricultural cooperative societies so as to benefit from government subsidies.
Key words; Agricultural cooperative societies, members, non-members, productivity and rural transformation