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: 410

Article in Press

Involvement of rural youths in agricultural entrepreneurial activities in Imo State, Nigeria

Obinna Alocha and Ifeanyi Ume

The need for youth employment creation across the spheres of Nigeria has been long awaited with the ever-increasing unemployment rate. Youth agri-preneurs have over the years suffered neglect in their quest to contribute to food security and job creation especially in the rural areas of Nigeria. Multi-stage random sampling procedure was used in the selection of 180 rural youth agri-preneurs for the study. Data were collected with the aid of a structured questionnaire. Results from the analysis showed that 55% of the respondents had at least secondary education, 85% of them have had between 6 and 10 years of farming experience, and 90% of the respondents do not belong to co-operatives. Furthermore, the study identified that the respondents engaged in 6 major agricultural enterprises. About 41% of them indicated that “to diversify their sources of income” was the major reason they engaged in the entrepreneurial activities. Family support (57.8%) was their major source of fund as they noted that lack of marketing of their activities/produce was the greatest challenge they faced. It is therefore recommended that the youths should form/join co-operative societies or other social groups so as to enable them be heard as one in the region.

Keywords: Rural youth employment, agri-preneurship, sustainable agriculture.