Major Factors Militating against Youths Participation in Agricultural Production in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria
Nwankwo, O. C.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
This survey is carried out with primary aim of identifying the major factors militating against youth participation in Agricultural production in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria. The population of the study is made up of all the youths in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State out of which six clans, namely: Asaga, Amaekpu, Isigwu, Ndi Uduma Awoke, Akanu and Amangwu were randomly selected for the study. A sample of 194 youths were randomly sampled for the study. The research instrument used is structured questionnaire. A glossary review of literature and data collected show that those factors are, land tenure system, non-availability of capital, poor storage facilitates, lack of social amenities, non-functional extension services to discharge the improved seeds and seedlings to youths and drudgery in farming due to use of out-dated implements. Consequently, there is need to determine the potentials of youths in agricultural production in the State, the nature of these opportunities and the factors influencing them. The Government through Ministry of Agriculture should supply agriculture inputs such as fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides at appropriate time and at a subsidized price to encourage greater percentage of use.