Determinants of Consumption of LafunIn ASA Local Government AreaDownload PDF
This study analyzed determinants of consumption of lafun in Asa Local Government Area, Kwara State, Nigeria. Multistage sampling techniques were used for sampling of respondents. A total number of 150 respondents were interviewed with structured questionnaire. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics and ordinary least square regression. The data were analyzed to determine the relationship between independent variables (years of schooling of household head, household size, age, household income, cost of substitute) and the dependent variable (quantity of lafun in kg). The mean age of the household heads was 40 years. Majority (67.33%) of the respondents consumed lafun because of its taste. The coefficients of cost of substitute, age of household head and household income were negative. The quantity of lafun consumption rises as the price of its substitutes reduces. The rich household reduce their consumption of lafun, Government should therefore do a national mobilization to discourage school drop-out and education should be made free at all levels. National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control should promote, tasty, hygienic and attractively packaged lafun to be able to compete with other food stuffs internationally.
Keywords: Cassava,consumption, substitute, household, lafun, pattern and preference.