Information Needs of Youths involved in Urban Agriculture as Strategy for Checking Unemployment in Epe Lga of Lagos State, Nigeria|
EDEOGHON, C.O. & OKOEDO-OKOJIE, D.U.
This study assessed the information needs of youths involved in urban
agriculture in Epe LGA of Lagos state, Nigeria. Data was generated by means of structured
questionnaire from 140 respondents and analyzed with frequency counts, percentages, means
and chi-square was used for hypothesis testing. Most (50.7%) were males, majority (71.4%)
were unemployed. Most (54.3%) need information on crop production, 35.0% source
agriculture information through extension agents, urban agriculture can be a solace for
unemployed (X = 4.27) was a high perception. Vegetable (Χ =3.52), maize (Χ= 3.47),
cassava (Χ = 3.23) and fish production (Χ 4.12) was their major agricultural tasks.
Unemployment was caused by laziness, lack of knowledge and god-fatherism. Respondents'
level of education (Χ2 = 13.465: p< 0.05) and primary occupation (Χ2 = 7.125: p<0.05) had
significant association with their perceived information needs. It was recommended that the
department of agriculture in Epe LGA and the Lagos state Agricultural Development
Programme (ADP) should provide youths with information needed in agriculture especially
crops and fish production where interest have been indicated.
Information; Needs; Urban Agriculture; Unemployment