Field Practical Training Programme of Faculties of Agriculture in Edo and Delta States, Nigeria

  • Margaret Joke Koyenikan University of Benin, Benin city, Edo State
  • Anozie Ogochukwu University of Benin, Benin city, Edo State

Abstract

Abstract
Agriculture graduates are produced on regular basis who having undergone internship programme of agriculture faculty are expected to become agripreneurs. This study assessed the Field Practical Training (FPT) programme of Agriculture Faculties in Edo and Delta States, Nigeria. Simple random sampling technique was used to select 150 final year students from three public universities. Data were collected with structured questionnaire and analyzed. Findings show that more of the respondents were males (56.7%), majority (68.0%) was 20-24 years while 93.3% were single. Highest proportion (27.3%) of respondents was from the department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Services. The respondents had higher positive attitudes towards a career in agriculture after the practical training ( =3.03) than before FPT ( =2.64). They perceived that they were competence in many tasks carried out especially those related to Crop and Animal Science ( ≥2.5). There was significant difference in respondents’ perceived level of competence before and after FPT at 5% level of significance in all the eight (8) thematic areas, the highest was Animal science (t=7.66). Constraints perceived to militate against achieving entrepreneurial development of youth through FPT included the use of crude farm implements ( =3.19), dearth of improved technologies and inputs ( =3.14), poor exposure to farmers’ condition ( =3.13), and inadequate funding of the programme ( =3.12). FPT enhanced competence and positive attitude towards career in agriculture. Addressing the constraints would better prepare youth for agripreneurship.
Keywords: Practical training, Students, Agriculture faculty, Nigeria

Author Biographies

Margaret Joke Koyenikan, University of Benin, Benin city, Edo State
Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension ServicesSenior Lecturer
Anozie Ogochukwu, University of Benin, Benin city, Edo State
Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension ServicesAssistant Lecturer
Published
2018-01-31
How to Cite
KOYENIKAN, Margaret Joke; OGOCHUKWU, Anozie. Field Practical Training Programme of Faculties of Agriculture in Edo and Delta States, Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, [S.l.], v. 22, n. 1, p. 127-142, jan. 2018. ISSN 2408-6851. Available at: <http://journal.aesonnigeria.org/index.php/jae/article/view/1270>. Date accessed: 21 feb. 2018.

Keywords

Practical training, Students, Agriculture faculty, Nigeria