Rural Households’ Attitude to Diversification into Non-farm Enterprises in Katsina State, Nigeria

Authors

  • Danlami Haruna Yakubu Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
  • Nasiru Musa Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria
  • Bello Zaki Abubakar Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria
  • Muhammad Sani Muhammad Jabo Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Abstract

The study investigated the rural households’ attitude to diversification into non-farm enterprises in Katsina State, Nigeria. A multistage sampling procedure was used to select 256 farmers for the study. Data were obtained with the aid of questionnaire and analyzed using percentage and regression analysis. The most positive attitude was “that non-farm enterprise is a crucial pathway to food security for rural households”.  It was closely followed by “non-farm enterprise is a source of agricultural household savings used for food purchase in hard times” and “non-farm enterprise provides a means to cope or survive when farming fails”. Farmers expressed positive attitude to diversification into non-farm enterprises and do not depend on agriculture as a sole means of livelihood but diversified income sources; the diversified farmers had higher income level. Government should support the existing non-farm enterprises and encourage creation of new ones; also improve formal credit access. Furthermore, technical support and skills acquisition training programs should be provided to enhance the performance and efficiency of non-farm enterprises in rural areas.

Author Biographies

Danlami Haruna Yakubu, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto

Lecturer II, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

Nasiru Musa, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Student, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

Bello Zaki Abubakar, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Professor, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

Muhammad Sani Muhammad Jabo, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics

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Published

2022-04-13

How to Cite

Yakubu, D. H., Musa, N., Abubakar, B. Z., & Jabo, M. S. M. (2022). Rural Households’ Attitude to Diversification into Non-farm Enterprises in Katsina State, Nigeria . Journal of Agricultural Extension, 26(2), 24–33. Retrieved from http://journal.aesonnigeria.org/index.php/jae/article/view/3085

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General Extension and Teaching Methods