Mbam and Nwibo
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (10), pp. 736-742, October 2013.
Manuscript Number: 100613883
Entrepreneurship Development as a Strategy for Poverty Alleviation among Farming Households in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria
Mbam B. N. and *Nwibo S. U.
Department of Agricultural Economics, Management and Extension, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.
*Corresponding Author Email: sunwibo92 @ yahoo.com
The emergence of the free market economies globally, has
resulted in the development of a new spirit of enterprise
and the increased farmer’s need for more responsibility in
running their farm business. Multistage random sampling
technique was used to select a total of 120 respondents used
for the study. Primary data were collected using structured
questionnaires. Both descriptive and inferential statistics
was used to achieve the objectives of the study. Results
showed that the farmers are within the average productive
age of 44 years and an average household size of 6 persons.
Meanwhile, despite the participation of the farming
households in entrepreneurial activities, its development
has not been fully embraced. Hence, at 0.05 (P=0.05) level
of significance of entrepreneurial development has not
contributed much in reducing poverty among the farming
household in the area. The development and acquisition of
entrepreneurship skills among the farmers were constrained
by inadequate market opportunities, poor access to credit
facility, inadequate market information, poor managerial
skills, inadequate power supply, high taxation, and poor
government policies on entrepreneurial development. Despite
the problems confronting the development of entrepreneurship
among the farming households, the study concluded that
entrepreneurial development has contributed in poverty
reduction in the area. The study however, recommended
adequate entrepreneurship development programmes for farmers
while addressing factors that hinder its growth and
development as a way of actualising the current
transformation agenda of the present federal government of
Nigeria on poverty eradication through farming activities.
Keywords: entrepreneurship, development, strategy, poverty alleviation, farming households.
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