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Socioeconomic Impact of Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurial Programme (YAGEP) on Beneficiaries in Delta State, Nigeria

JAFE Vol.ย  9(4): 22-29, 2022
Socioeconomic Impact of Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurial Programme (YAGEP) on Beneficiaries in Delta State, Nigeria
Eromedoghene, E.O., Ovwigho, B.O. and Ofuoku, A.U.
This study examined the socioeconomic impact of the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurial Programme (YAGEP) on beneficiaries in Delta State, Nigeria. A total of 60 YAGEP beneficiaries from the 2019/2020 programme cycle were used for the study. The objectives of the study were realized using descriptive statistics, and presented as percentages and means with frequency distribution tables. The result from the study showed that the mean age of the YAGEP beneficiaries was 36 years. A majority (78.3%) of the beneficiaries were married, while the average farming experience of the beneficiaries was 8 years. The average annual income earned by respondents before and after participation in the YAGEP programme were โ‚ฆ653,155.56 and โ‚ฆ925,555.56 respectively. The major constraints identified by the respondents in participation in the YAGEP programme were poor capital base (๐’™ฬ… = 2.85), Diversion of farm inputs (๐’™ฬ… = 2.78), Inadequate provision of farm inputs (๐’™ฬ… = 2.72) and poor project financing (๐’™ฬ… = 3.13). The study recommended the provision of financial support from the Federal government and non-governmental organizations towards boosting the capital base of the project. Since there was a confirmation of improved income level of beneficiaries after the programme, policymakers should as a matter of urgent National importance allocate substantial financial resources to training in youth entrepreneurship to absorb the increasing number of unemployed youths to reduce their involvement in crimesand improve the economy through technical innovation.
Keywords:Youths, empowerment, agricultural entrepreneurship, socioeconomic, beneficiaries
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