One other important observation we can make from table 3 is that households atthe lower end of the maize production distribution obtain a significantly lower response tosubsidized inputs than do households at the top end of the distribution.
The mean responseof 2.24Kg of maize per Kg of subsidized seed and fertilizer is lower than the medianresponse of 3.11Kg.
Households at the 5th percentile of the maize production distributionobtain a marginal product of just 0.69Kg of maize per Kg of subsidized seed and fertilizer,compared to a response of 2.58Kg for households at the 90th percentile. It is also importantto note that households at the 50th percentile of the maize production distribution obtain ahigher response (3.11Kg) than households at the 90th percentile which gets 2.
58Kg peradditional Kg of subsidized seed and fertilizer. This could probably be because householdsat the top of the maize production distribution (90th percentile) are most likely engaged inproduction of cash crops like cotton and other crops such as sorghum and cowpeas andalso they may be involved in other income generating activities other than crop production.Therefore these households may not be interested in the management effort required toobtain the high marginal return to subsidized inputs.Table 4 displays the results obtained from the administered questionnaire on thepercentile groups of interviewed households in relation to the households’ dependence onthe program. The table indicates that at the 5th percentile, 36.2% of the interviewedhouseholds may not be able to continue with their maize production at their current levelwithout the support from FISP.
However, at the 90th percentile, only 4.3% of therespondents indicated that they may not be able to continue with maize production withoutthe help of the program while at the 10th and 50th percentiles, 29.1% and 16.
7% of therespondents respectively indicated they would not be able to continue to produce maizewithout the help from the program. This indicates the levels of dependence the programhas created among the various percentile groups.