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Off-farm employment participation among paddy farmers in the Muda Agricultural Development Authority and Kemasin Semerak granary areas of Malaysia

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  • Norsida Man


    (Department of Agribusiness and Information System, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia)

  • Sami Ismaila Sadiya

    (School of Graduate Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia)

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    Poverty is one of the most serious challenges confronting paddy farmers worldwide, including those in Malaysia. Off-farm employment is an alternative strategy and has the potential to improve the income and well-being of the paddy farmers. This study assesses the off-farm employment decision among 500 paddy farmers in the Muda Agricultural Development Authority and Kemasin Semerak granary areas. Specifically, the study determines the relationship between the determinants of offfarm employment and the off-farm participation decision using descriptive analysis and logit regression methods. The results reveal that the farmers’ age, gender and number of dependants, as well as other income and the type of farm were the variables that influenced their likelihood to engage in off-farm employment. Evidently, the variables of farm size and level of education were insignificant in affecting offfarm participation.

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    Article provided by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in its journal Asia-Pacific Development Journal.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (December)
    Pages: 141-153

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    Handle: RePEc:unt:jnapdj:v:16:y:2009:i:2:p:141-153
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    1. Radam, Alias & AbdLatif, Ismail, 1995. "Off-Farm Labour Decisions By Farmers In Northwest Selangor Integrated Agricultural Development Project (Iadp) In Malaysia," Bangladesh Journal of Agricultural Economics, Bangladesh Agricultural University, vol. 18(2).
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