Finally, How much does it cost the farmer in terms of direct cost of treating malaria? and who bears the cost? Is it the farmer directly or the national health insurance?
1.3 MAIN OBJECTIVES
This research seeks to achieve three main objectives which are different but closely related. First,the research wants to discover if there is any correlation between malaria and its effects on thelevel of maize production and the economic base of maize farmers. The second objective is todiscover the extent of that effect if there is any effect at all. Related to this objective this researchseeks t ascertain the direct and indirect costs that the occurrence of malaria has on the farmers.The third is to make information available for further research in the subject area.
1.4 JUSTIFICATION OF THE STUDY
In a country like Ghana where the primary goal is to reach the highest level of productivity in theagricultural sector, it is imperative to study all the factors that may affect the productivity of farmers.Thus this research will be source of information to guide policy makers to make policies that willhelp ease the burden of malaria on farmers.The baseline information from this research will also serve as a guide to other researchers as theysearch for additional information in this field which relatively under-explored.
1.5 LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
The main obstacle to the attainment of the objectives of this study will be:
The time available to conduct the research.
Financial constraints involving the printing of questionnaires, cost involved in travellingto the research site and
The third constraint I envisage is with the acquisition of accurate information from thefarmers first concerning their judgement of malaria (mainly for those who do not visit thehospital) and secondly concerning the yield from their farms.