Determinants of Agripreneurship in Poultry Production among Youths in Abia State, Nigeria
AbstractThe study assessed the determinants of agripreneurship in poultry production among youths in Abia State, Nigeria. Specifically, the study assessed the extent of youth’s involvement in poultry production; and ascertained the factors that influence the engagement of youths in poultry production. Multistage sampling technique was employed in selecting 120 youths poultry farmers. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as frequency, percentage, and mean, as well as inferential statistics involving ordinary least square regression analysis. The study revealed that the youths in the study area participated moderately in poultry production and the foremost poultry production activities being participated by the youths include feeding ( = 2.81), marketing of the birds (= 2.72), and packing and replacement of litters (= 2.59). Moreover, the foremost factors influencing the youths’ involvement in poultry production were income (= 3.69), cost of feed (= 3.45), and availability of land (= 3.33). The coefficients of age (0.013), membership to co-operative (0.042), years of experience (0.016), and extension contact (0.015) were positive and significantly influenced the involvement of the youths in poultry production at 5% significant level, while the coefficient of income (1.111E-7) was significant at 1%. Enabling youths’ access to loan/credits, subsidizing the cost of feed, and organizing training for the youths on poultry production were recommended by the study.
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