Onuche . U.,
Abubakar . H.
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This study examined the perception of Kogi State University Agricultural
Students on farming as a career. Primary data were collected using
structured interview schedule to pick 150 students in the study area.
Stratified random sampling technique was used to pick 30 students from
each level (100-500). Data collected were analyzed using descriptive
statistics such as frequency count, percentage and mean score on a 3
point likert-type of scale. The result of the study indicated that a
large percentage (42.7%) of students were from household size of 4 to 6
which is fairly large for the needed labour force for agricultural
activities. Many (56%) of the students had no farming experience before
their enrolment into the university. The study further showed that most
of the students had negative attitude when they resumed in 100 level
mean score (X) (2.30) but are now greatly influenced by agricultural
education impacted by trained agricultural experts (X) (2.67). Students
Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) programme had also positively
changed the students attitude to farming (2.25). Most respondents (X)
(2.58) 86% showed willingness to engage in practical agricultural
enterprise if supplied with the necessary agricultural inputs. Also
willingness to embark on poultry farming had (X) (2.73), fish farming
had ms (2.49), cash crop farming had (X) (2.19) and arable crop farming
had (X) (2.12) which represented a popular perception among the
respondents. Piggery farming with (X) (1.47) and beekeeping with (X)
(1.33) had the least indication of interest by the students.
Implementation of government agricultural policies that will ensure
regular input and attractive market price could motivate agricultural
graduates to embrace farming as a career.
Perception, Youth, Career, Farming agricultural education, Schemes, Policy.