Despite having vast farmland suitable for paddy rice farming, local production in the country is weak, especially in Kano where the state has the most abundant farmland put to rice farming and the most extensive rice farmers in the 36 states of the country. As such, over 4mm/t of milled paddy rice has to be imported annually into Nigeria to supplement home production. The economy cannot sustain rice import because it depends on crude oil revenue; thus, leading to scarcity of rice at an exorbitant price. The study was conducted in the 2018 cropping season for rainfed and irrigated paddy rice, to identify the impact of rural infrastructure on the productivity of rice farmers in Kano State, Nigeria. There are seven local governments with 17 rice clusters in the state that are cultivating rice. A random sample of 768 rice farmers was selected in 9 rice clusters from the population of 135,895 rice farmers using multistage and purposive sampling. Using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) software version 22, data screening and preliminary analysis was conducted, aimed at satisfying the assumptions of the multivariate analysis. Thus, missing data analysis was performed to identify univariate outliers and multivariate outliers. Likewise, normality skewness and kurtosis, as well as multicollinearity issues, were checked. The preliminary analysis indicates that the data fulfil the conditions of multivariate analysis, thus, suitable for inferences.
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