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An Appraisal of Governments Youth Empowerment Programme through Agriculture: The Need for a New Approach

Kator P E* 1 and Adaigho. P 2
1 Department of Agricultural Technology, Delta State Polytechnic, P.M. B. 005, Ozoro, Delta State, Nigeria 2 Department of Agricultural Extension Management, Nigeria
Abstract :
This paper appraised governments youth empowerment programme through agriculture with respect to the
selection process and training programme. The multi-stage random sampling technique was used in selecting two
hindered and seventy five trained youths(11 per local government area of the state), two hundred and fifty youths not
trained(10 per local government), sixteen coordinators and two hundred and fifty other interested persons (10 per
local government). Questionnaires and personal interview were used in collecting data. The findings show that age
and personal interest constitutes the major criteria for selection of youths which is regarded as fair and equitable.
The training programme for youths is perceived to have more practical content (60-90%)than theoretical content, but
the 4-week period of training was considered inadequate and also not in line with the National Board for Technical
Education provisions contained in the curriculum for technical and vocational Education. The study recommends that
additional criteria in selection of youths such as good physical strength and good health as well as selection from the
wards in each local government areas of the state should be embraced. The target group (youths) should be involved
in the design and introduction of a youth empowerment programme through agriculture and more youths should be
accommodated for a more intensive training programme lasting for longer period and going through different tiers
amongst others.


Keywords :
Agriculture; Appraisal; Approach; Government; Youth empowerment

Date Deposited : 30 Mar 2016 15:11

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