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Original Research Article

Strategies for integrating the youth into rural agricultural extension services in Orumba-North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria

1Nwaogwugwu, O. N and 2,3*Angba, C. W.


1Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
2School of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Royal Agricultural University, Stroud road, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK.
3Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Calabar, Nigeria.

*Corresponding Author Email: cynthia.whiteley(at)yahoo.com

Nwaogwugwu, O. N

Angba, C. W.


Article Number: IJAPR.21.015  |   Pages: 138-144  |   Vol. 9 (5), September 2021   |   DOI: https://doi.org/10.15739/IJAPR.21.015

 Received: June 28, 2021  Accepted: July 6, 2021  Published: September 3, 2021

Abstract

The study explored the strategies for incorporating the youth into rural extension services in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria. The study specifically described the socio-demographic characteristics of the respondents, ascertained the relevant rural extension services for the youth in the study area and identified the strategies for integrating the youth into rural extension services in the study area. Data for the study was obtained through a structured and validated questionnaire administered to a sample size of one hundred and twelve (112) respondents randomly selected from the registered youth associations in the study area. Data obtained were analyzed using frequency, percentage and mean. The result on the socio-demographic characteristics of the respondents revealed that majority of the members of the youth associations in the study area were majorly male (76.3%), within the ages of 21 – 30 years (68.7%) and single (70.5%). The relevant extension services available to the respondents include skill training and acquisition schemes (mean=3.63), rural youth employment scheme (mean=3.36), health and immunization awareness (mean=3.28). The strategies to incorporate the youth in rural extension services include: encouraging their participation in agribusiness ventures (mean=3.88), organizing recreational activities and social events (mean=3.86), encouraging self–employment scheme (mean=3.84), and organizing field trips to some established agricultural station and farms (mean=3.79). The study concluded that participation of the youth in relevant rural extension services could be enhanced through the use of appropriate strategies. Based on the findings, it is recommended that extension agents should adopt a variety of strategies to effectively incorporate youth associations in the study area into rural extension services since such associations are the platforms through which the youth can be organized and made functional.

Keywords:

Strategies, youth, youth associations, rural extension service

How to Cite this Article

Nwaogwugwu ON, Angba CW(2021). Strategies for integrating the youth into rural agricultural extension services in Orumba-North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria. Int. J. Agric. Pol. Res. 9(5):138-144.

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