Youth Migration and Agricultural Production: Analysis of Farming Communities of Osun State, Nigeria
J O Ayinde
D O Torimiro
G F Koledoye
Youths, migration, farming
The study investigated the causes and examined the effects of youth migration on agricultural production in Osun State, Nigeria. A two stage sampling produre was used to select 295 farmers in selected farming communities in the state. The mean age of the farmers was 49.67 Â± 9.70 and 70.2 per cent were male while the mean years of formal education was 6.84 Â± 0.73. Absence of social amenities, poverty and search for better education in the cities were the major causes of migration. Reduction in farm size, hired and family labour with negative consequence of food production were the predominant effects of youth migration on agricultural production. The findings also showed that agricultural production (r = -0.634; p â‰¤ 0.01) was negatively correlated with the effects of youth migration in Osun State. It is therefore, recommended that government and developmental stakeholders should ensure that social amenities are provided in farming communities of Nigeria in order to encourage youths retention in rural areas with the aim of enhancing rural and agricultural development in the State.
Ayinde, J. O., Torimiro, D. O., & Koledoye, G. F. (2014). Youth Migration and Agricultural Production: Analysis of Farming Communities of Osun State, Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 18(1). Retrieved from https://journal.aesonnigeria.org/index.php/jae/article/view/61