Constraints associated with stakeholders` activities on agricultural production in rivers state, Nigeria
Wechie E, Nlerum FE
The study examined constraints associated with stakeholders` activities on agricultural production in Rivers State, Nigeria. Six Local Government Areas out of 23were randomly selected from the three Senatorial Districts of Rivers State and a total of 180 respondents were selected for the study using the multi stage sampling technique. Primary data were used with the aid of a structural questionnaire. Face and content validity were used to test the consistency of the questionnaire. The reliability of the data instrument was 0.88%. Data for the study were analyzed using descriptive statistics, analysis of variance, regression analysis and correlation statistics. The result of the findings showed that more (64%) of the stakeholders were males, and 70% were married in all three Senatorial Districts. Women farmers were the current major stakeholders in agriculture as they ranked the first position with 59.4%, followed by men farmers and youth farmers with 50.6% and 38.9% respectively. Constraints to stakeholders` activities in agriculture showed that corruption assumed the highest with a mean of 3.66, followed by lack of farm machinery with 3.60, conflicts (3.46) and lack of agricultural workers with 3.46. The study recommends that, since the women were more involved as stakeholders, there is need for more government support to them. Secondly, government should foster good leadership free from corruption, set up arbitration panel to settle conflicts and train more agricultural extension workers with incentives including attractive benefits to boost agricultural production.