NIGERIAN YOUTH INVOLVEMENT IN RICE PRODUCTION: A CASE STUDY OF LAFIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, NASARAWA STATE
Bello, M.; Madza T. and Saror S. T.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
The study was conducted in Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State to examine rural youth involvement in rice production. A two-stage purposive sampling technique among villages noted for the production of rice was used to select forty youths as respondents. Simple descriptive statistics involving frequency counts, percentages, rank order score, participation index and multiple regression analysis were used to analyse the data. The grand participation index infered that youth in the study area were rarely involved in rice production. The major constraints faced by youth in rice production in the study area were inadequate capital, farm inputs and farming land. The study recommended that improvement in the provisions of inputs supply and farm land, less vigorous credit measures and fixing of credit ceiling to specified maximum levels should be put in place on appropriate financial institutions by relevant authorities.