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The aim of this study is to make a comparative analysis of gender agricultural cooperative societies in Soba L.G.A of Kaduna State. A total of 330 samples were randomly selected in the study area. Both descriptive and inferential statiscal techniques such as frequencies, percentages, graphs and paired T-Test were used to analyse the data obtained from the field. The study revealed that, majority of men (32.7%) and women (41.2%) cooperators in the study area are between the ages of 31-40 years, married with different economic activities, but farming represents the dominant occupation of men cooperators (84.2%) while trading represents the dominant occupation of the women cooperators (30.3%). More than (90%) of both men and women cooperators are literate. In terms of contribution to farming activities (35.25%) of male cooperators and (6.7%) of female cooperators are able to produce more than 60 bags after joining cooperatives compared to only (1.8%) male cooperators and (0.6%) female cooperator, before joining cooperatives. The study also reveals diversification of sources of farm inputs for all cooperators after joining farmers cooperatives compared to reliance on only market for (69.1%) men and (68.9%) women before joining farmers’ cooperative society. Finally, the study reveals that there is significant difference between men cooperators and women cooperators productivity of crops in bags before and after joining farmers’ cooperatives in the study area, since the P-value of men and women cooperators productivity before joining cooperatives is .043 which is less than .05, while the P-value of men and women cooperators productivity after joining farmer cooperatives is .000. Based on the findings, the study recommends for continued support and assistance of government at all levels, NGOs, agencies and relevant individuals to provide modalities to make rural people join cooperatives and assist in the provision of fund, farm inputs and training regardless of gender.
Keywords: Cooperative societies, Farmers cooperators, Agriculture, Farming Activities