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PERCEIVED EFFECT OF BOKO-HARAM INSURGENCY ON MEANS OF ACCESSING COWPEA FROM NORTH-EAST NIGERIA TO BODIJA MARKET, IBADAN, OYO STATE, NIGERIA
Boko-Haram insurgency has drastically affected the supply and distribution of agricultural produce especially Cowpea from the Northeast Nigeria to the markets in southern part of Nigeria due to unwillingness of traders to embark on journey to the troubled zone for fear of attack from the insurgency. This study investigated the perceived effect of Boko Haram on available means of getting the stock from the trouble zone to the Bodija markets Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. All data were described and inferential statistics was employed to analyze the hypotheses. The finding revealed that the majority of the respondents were male in their active age and had more than 15 years experience in the cowpea marketing. Age (P = 0.013, χ2 = 16.169), Tribe (χ2 = 11.220, ≤0.05), Education (χ2 = 17.049, ≤0.05), Experience in marketing (χ2 =27.455, ≤0.05), means of accessing cowpea from insurgence zone to market (r = −0.241, ≤0.05) were significantly related to perceived effect of Boko-Haram insurgency on means of accessing cowpea among traders. The study concluded that the insurgence had a detrimental effect on means of accessing cowpea from the troubled zone to Bodija market. Therefore, the need to intensify efforts in curbing the menace by the government and formulation of policies that will discourage terrorism were advocated for reducing the effect insurgency on means of accessing cowpea and other food crops from the north to zones in the country.
Boko Haram, Cowpea, Access, Market, Perceived Effect, North East Nigeria