SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF GRADUATE BENEFICIARIES' PARTICIPATION IN N - POWER AGRIPRENEURSHIP SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN ABIA STATE, NIGERIA

Author(s): Nwaobiala, C. U., Udomba, T. O.andAboh, J. A.
Volume/Issue: Volume 1 , Issue 1 (2021)

ABSTRACT:

This study analyzed participation of graduate beneficiaries in N - power agripreneurship social development programmein Abia State, Nigeria. Multi-stage random sampling procedure was used in the selection of eighty (80) graduate beneficiaries that participated in theprogramme. Data were collected with a structured questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics (multiple regression analysis). Results showed that 67.50% and 66.25%of the respondents were males and single respectively, with mean ages of 31 years, as against 23.75% that graduated with BSc/MSc in different disciplines and 33.50% in agricultural sciences. The result also showed that participants had high (X = 2.7) motives for enrollment in the programme, had favourable perception ( X = 3.1) and high constraints ( X = 2.1) in programme activities. Multiple regression results showed that coefficients for gender (2.60**), age (-3.01***), number of trainings (2.57**), incentive received (2.91***) and stipend paid (3.94***) were determinants of graduate beneficiaries participation in the N-power agripreneurship programme activities. The study therefore recommended that proper funding of the programme by the government, prompt payment of monthly stipends and focus on ways to attract and encourage young graduates who are agile and strong to participate in the programme.

KEYWORDS:

Socio-economic, Determinants, Participation, N-Power, Agripreneurship