International Journal of Advance Agricultural Research
ISSN: 2053-1265
Vol. 9(5), pp. 61-68, December 2021
doi.org/10.33500/ijaar.2021.09.006



Factors influencing the interest of youths towards career in agriculture: A case study of Bwari Area Council, Abuja, Nigeria

Egboduku, Charles O.1, Sennuga, S. Olayemi1 and Okpala, Emeka Franklin2

1Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Abuja, FCT, P.M.B. 117, Abuja, Nigeria.
2Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. GL7 6JS.

*To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: dr.yemisennuga@yahoo.co.uk.

Received 23 October, 2021; Received in revised form 06 December, 2021; Accepted 08 December, 2021.

Abstract


Keywords:
Interest, Youth, Career, Agriculture, Bwari.


The study was undertaken to analyse the factors influencing the interest of youth towards career in agriculture in Bwari Area Council, Abuja. The study employed the use of survey research design. A total of 100 respondents were used for the study and they were sampled using multi stage sampling technique. Primary data was used for the study and these were collected using well-structured questionnaires. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression were used to actualize the objectives of the study. From the result, it was discovered that most (54%) of the youths were male with a mean age of 26 years. Most of the youths were not married and they were mostly educated with 96% of the respondents having at least a secondary school education. Most of the respondents were business owners, with an average household size of 3. The average monthly income of respondents was N62,134.6. The most popular career areas among the youths in the study area were crop production and animal husbandry. The study revealed that the factors that significantly influenced the interest of the youth toward a career in agriculture were drudgery, family background, access to land, access to farm machinery, access to extension services and cost of inputs. It was recommended that attention should be given to training and advisory services, as this will expose the youths to more knowledge and training, and ensure that they are better equipped to engage fully in agricultural activities.

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