Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2020, Page: 1-10
The Potential Importance of Maize, (Zea Mays L), in Nigeria, [A Case Study of 2,800 Farmers Sampled at Different Locations]
Prince Awojoodu Soji, Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, Oduduwa University, Ile-Ife Kingdom, Nigeria
Received: Aug. 17, 2019;       Accepted: Sep. 9, 2019;       Published: Jan. 6, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ab.20200801.11      View  508      Downloads  145
This research work was carried out, to find the potential importance of maize, in Nigeria.4 Local governments, namely: (Ife East, Ife South, Ife Central and Ife North), local government areas, in Nigeria were sampled. 2,800 open questionnaires were distributed to 4 Local Governments, out of which 700 was used for farmers in each local government. A total of28different locations, was visited in all the four Local Governments, out of which100 questionnaires were used in each location. It was gathered that above 80% of the farmers from the four local governments, supported, the potential importance of maize, in Nigeria, while below 20% of the farmers, could not even understand, whether there was any need for the potential importance of maize, in Nigeria, or not. The results from the questionnaires when using Pearson two-tailed correlation coefficient, however revealed that there was a significant difference from all the farmers visited and sampled, (p > 0.01) and (p > 0.05) respectively, table 5. This shows a strong positive correlation, which implying that, the potential importance of maize, in Nigeria, is strongly influenced and enhanced the farmers and support, and, had therefore, made this research work to become a reality, (p > 0.01) and (p > 0.05), table 5. The reasons may be due to the fact that, Maize (Zea Mays L), is not only served as the most productive grain crops in the middle and northern belts of Nigeria where sunshine is adaptable and rainfall is moderate; It however serves as a basic raw materials to thousands of industrial products that may includes: alcoholic, beverages, pharmaceutical, food sweeteners, food cereals, cosmetic and films, gums, package, textile, paper industries and so on. And also, as one of African’s dominant food crop, maize can be consumed in varied forms, such as: maize flour for confectionaries, semo (for swallow with soup), as corn beef, mill (for animals feeding), as roaster corn, it can be boiled or prepared as porridge. Bar chart was used to depict the summary data of each of the local government areas sampled in Ile-Ife Kingdom, of Nigeria.
Maize (Zea Mays L), Corn, Harvest, Storage, 4 Local Governments, Osun State, Pearson Correlation
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Prince Awojoodu Soji, The Potential Importance of Maize, (Zea Mays L), in Nigeria, [A Case Study of 2,800 Farmers Sampled at Different Locations], Advances in Biochemistry. Vol. 8, No. 1, 2020, pp. 1-10. doi: 10.11648/j.ab.20200801.11
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