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Pyrex Journal of Geography and Regional Planning (PJGRP)

July 2017 Vol. 3 (1), pp. 1-1

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Land Accessibility among Rural Farmers in Border Settlements of Ogun State, Nigeria


Oladehinde Gbenga John1*, Fatusin Afolabi Francis2 and Daramola Olawumi Johnson1

1Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
2Department of Geography and Planning Sciences, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Corresponding Author E-mail: gbengom@gmail.com

Accepted 10th July, 2017



Abstract


The study examined land accessibility among rural farmers in border settlements of Ogun State, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling technique was used to obtain information from 492 small scale farmers for this study. The study established that majority of the respondents were within the active and productive population (31 60 years). The common methods of accessing land among farmers were through renting (35.4%), leasing (21.3%) and by community allocation (12.5%) while none of the farmers had access to land through government allocation. It was also discovered that most of the farmers use the land for commercial farming, residential and subsistence farming. Furthermore, there was significant relationship between farm sizes across the village categories (p=0.005). Most of the respondents could not increase their farm size due to high cost of land (96%), tenure insecurity (62.9%), difficulty of land transaction (62.3%) and inability to transfer land (57.6%). The study concluded that rural farmers should be encouraged to cultivate bigger farm size and campaign should be intensified on area of opportunity in land distribution and land management to encourage more acquisition of land in the study area.

Keywords: Land, Accessibility, Border Settlements, Rural Farmers, Ogun, Nigeria.

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