An assessment of local methods of palm oil production in rivers state nigeria

G. A. Wokocha and Nwala Longinus

The study was undertaken to assess the local methods of palm oil production in rural areas of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. The instrument for data collection was a fourteen item structured questionnaire of four likert scale of Agree, Stronlgy Agree, Disagree and Strongly Disagree. A simple statistical mean was used for data analysis. A statistical mean of 2.50 and above was accepted while statistical mean below 2.50 was rejected. The findings show that palm oil producers use local methods of palm oil production, strangers are used as casual workers by the uneducated adults who are in charge of the business, the educated adults and youths are not involved. Government does not encourage the business as there are no social amenities such as electricity and water, no good roads and no good markets for the produce. Based on these findings, recommendations were made.

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