Journal of
Development and Agricultural Economics

  • Abbreviation: J. Dev. Agric. Econ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9774
  • DOI: 10.5897/JDAE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 524

Full Length Research Paper

Analysis of entrepreneurial agricultural activities of youths in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Nigeria

Gwary M. M.1*, Kwaghe P. V .1, Ja’afar- Furo M. R.2 and Dennis A.1
1Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Services, University of Maiduguri,Maiduguri State, Nigeria. 2Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Adamawa State University, Mubi, Adamawa State, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 25 February 2011
  •  Published: 31 March 2011

Abstract

The study analyzed the entrepreneurial agricultural activities of youths in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State. Data were collected through the use of structured questionnaire administered to 100 youths, randomly sampled across the study area. Data collected were analysed using both descriptive and inferential statistical tools in the forms of frequencies, percentages and correlation analysis. Result of the study revealed that all most all (91%) of the youths had a least secondary education with a high proportion (46%) within age bracket of 27 to 32 years. Majority (55%) were males, singles were 61% and those involved in farming as a primary occupation constituted 63%. Result of paired correlation analysis between socio-economic characteristics and level of involvement in agriculture by the respondents indicated a significant and positive relationship with age (r = 0.424), gender (r = 0.265), marital status (r = 0.474), family size (r = 0.654), farm size (r = 0.265), primary occupation (r = 0.271) and years of schooling (r = 0.440) all at 1% level of significance. Result of rank correlation between ranking of constraints by male and female youths in their agricultural enterprises, revealed a high degree of agreement (r = 0.842). The respondents indicated lack of capital as their major constraint of their agricultural enterprises.It was recommended that financial institutions need to be encouraged by the government to provide assistance to the youths and that the youth themselves should engage more in other non-agricultural enterprises to generate supplementary incomes.

 

Key words: Entrepreneurial, youth, agriculture, Adamawa State.