Global Advanced Research Journal of Agricultural Science
June 2012 Vol. 1(6), pp. 136-142
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Contributions of Unemployed Youths to Agriculture in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State, Nigeria.

Musa, Y.H*; Istifanus,H. S ** and Vosanka I.P *

*Department Agricultural Extension and Management,

**Department of Crop Science, Taraba State College of Agriculture, Jalingo, Nigeria.

Corresponding author E-mail: hammawa.musa@yahoo.com

Accepted 10 August, 2012

Abstract

The study assessed the contributions of unemployed youths to agriculture in Sardauna LGA of Taraba State, Nigeria. The specific objectives focused on the socio-economic factors of the respondents, examine the impact of agriculture to reducing unemployment syndrome and to identify the major constraints of unemployment. Data were collected from 95 respondents using multistage random sampling technique and analyzed by means of descriptive statistics, multiple regression analysis and chi-square. Results indicated that men (65.3%) were mostly affected by unemployment syndrome. Most (50.5%) of the respondents had non-formal education and were single. Farming was the major occupation of the respondents accounting for 75.8%. Chi-square result indicated significant impact of agriculture to unemployment. Age of individuals, education and farm experience shows significant influence to agriculture, therefore were considered strong determinants of unemployment to agriculture. These factors exhibited positive relationship at 1% and 5% respectively. Constraints identified were inefficient job opportunity, insufficient government assistance and high cost of agricultural inputs. It was recommended that provision of improved agricultural inputs at subsidized rate and intensification of research would improve the life of the unemployed youths in the study area.

Keywords: Unemployed youths, Agriculture, Sardauna Local Government Area, Taraba State.

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