Ibidapo Et Al

Ibidapo et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 7 (7), pp. 175-181, September 2017.

ISSN: 2276-7770 

Research Article

Manuscript Number: 091617129


(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2017.7.091617129)

 

Contributions of Non-Farm Activities in Combating
Rural Unemployment in Ondo State, Nigeria

 

*Ibidapo, I., Oso, O. and Ogunsipe, M. H.

 

Department
of Agricultural Science, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo


Abstract

This study investigated the
contributions of non-farm activities in combating unemployment in rural areas
of Ondo-east local government area of Ondo state, Nigeria. The multi-stage
sampling technique was employed to select one hundred and forty-five
smallholder farmers in the study area. The primary data for the study were collected
with the aid of structured questionnaire. Descriptive statistics- frequency
distribution and percentages were used to analyse the socio-economic variables
and the Tobit model was used to analyse factors influencing smallholder
participation in non-farm activities. The results of the socio-economic
characteristics showed that, the mean age of respondents was 45
.7±4.2
years,
62.7% were male while 57.3% were
married with
8.2±3.9 members per household and 58.6% had primary
education. The mean year of experience was 13.3±5.2 years. Tobit model revealed
that, age, education, wage earned, access to credit and distance were the
significant variables influencing participation in non-farm activities.
Non-farm activities help to reduce unemployment, supplement farm income,
provide a safety net and alleviate poverty among households. The study
recommended that improved access roads, access to credit and education should
be provided to boost participation in non-farm activities.

 

Keywords:
Non-farm activities, unemployment, smallholder,
diversification, and Ondo-east.

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