Journal of
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Ext. Rural Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2170
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAERD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 442

Full Length Research Paper

Agripreneurship development among small scale farmers In Anambra State, Nigeria

Nwankwo Eucharia Chijindu
  • Nwankwo Eucharia Chijindu
  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Extention, Faculty of Agriculture, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, Nigeria.
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Chiekezie Njideka Rita
  • Chiekezie Njideka Rita
  • Department of Agricultural Technology, School of Agriculture and Related studies, Anambra State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu, Nigeria.
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Offiah, Ebere Obianuju
  • Offiah, Ebere Obianuju
  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Extention, Faculty of Agriculture, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 22 September 2021
  •  Accepted: 22 November 2021
  •  Published: 31 December 2021

Abstract

The continuing decline in the price of the crude oil in the international market is a pointer to the fact that oil sector can no longer guarantee economic viability and sustainability in any nation. In Nigeria, this realization has led to increased urgency of the need to revitalize the agricultural sector, possibly return to its glorious days in the immediate post- independence. To drive the process, scholars argue for a shift from agriculture to agripreneurship. Using small scale farmers of Anambra as a case, this study interrogates existence and contribution of agripreneurial activities to the rural economy. The study employed multistage, purposive and random sampling techniques to generate relevant data using a structured questionnaire administered to 144 small scale farmers. The data generated were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Probit regression analysis, and factor analysis. The results revealed that majority (61.1%) of agripreneurs were female with a mean age of 43.14 years and an average household size of 6 persons. The results from the Probit analysis showed that household size, educational level, agripreneurship experience, level of annual income and non- farm income were statistically significant and influenced agripreneurship development. The study further identified various factors driving agripreneurship. Based on the findings, the study recommended, among others the establishment of functional micro-finance scheme that can boost the capital base of agripreneurs and streamlining government taxes, levies and checkmating illegal collections.

Key words: Agriculture, Agripreneurship, economic development.